I am married to a man with a daughter from a previous relationship. We are ordered (and happily comply) that DSS must attend all dancing events.
We pay $565/mth CS and all insurance premiums. EX has been asking for more money, because my DSS’s extra-curricular dance activities have been getting very costly (due to DSS’s heavy involvement in dancing). We refuse, saying that DSS is getting involved in too much and it takes away so much time from our already limited visitation with her. EX gets mad that we won’t pay extra (mind you it wasn’t our decision to enroll her in so many activities) and says we can’t take pictures of DSS in her dance uniform since we don’t ‘appreciate’ the amount of money EX pays for dancing.
Last weekend (our regular court-ordered scheduled visitation weekend) my DSS had a dance competition. We attended DSS’s dance event, and after a dance skit, went outside to meet-up with DSS to congratulate her. My friend was there, and took out a cell phone to take a call. EX ASSUMES she is taking a picture with her cell phone, and proceeds to run up to my husband and rips DSS out of his arms, saying “we gotta go because Daddy can’t listen!”. She then proceeds to take DSS into the building. Basically, she took her away from us and made a scene in public (for such a silly reason) because she thought we were trying to take a picture of DSS after she told us we are not allowed to do so.
My questions are:
We are tired of dealing with EX’s silly and uncalled for commotions, can we take this to court and somehow give her a ‘smack on her hands’ for making a scene in front of DSS?
Did she have any right to do this?
Will a judge order us to pay extra CS for such activities (they are expensive, they probably cost EX $450/mth). Keep in mind, we have no part of the decision that DSS attends such costly activities, but can a judge still force us to pay?
Can we hold EX in contempt of court order since EX ripped her out of my husband’s arms? (since this was our regular visitation anyway and we should have been able to spend all the time we wanted with DSS)
We wish to take EX to court (because we are tired of her nuisances, this was just the last straw for us) but will we have a case for anything??
Thanks so much, I much appreciated any advice.