I did some research on the net about this topic. It seems relocation as it relates to child custody is a hot topic at the moment.
Anyway, I saw something that I thought was a great idea and wanted to share it.
In the case that I was reading about, the NCP had to submit receipts for travel to the CP and she reimbursed the NCP for 50%.
Why shouldn’t travel work the same way as medical expenses?
The great thing about this arrangement, from my perspective, is that the CP does not get credit for travel that may not occur. My ex didn’t exercise visitation when we lived 15 minutes away and I doubt he will exercise much now that we are 8 hours away. I don’t want to see him get his child support reduced for travel that most likely won’t happen.
Another factor is that the cost of travel can vary widely depending on the cost of gasoline. If we were to determine a set amount now, that vary drastically from actual costs several months from now.
The final factor for me is that my ex has never reimbursed me for medical expenses. He owes me $2200.00 for just the past two years at the moment. He shouldn’t get the benefit of reduced child support while I am paying all the medical expenses without any reimbursment. I will be filing a show of cause for these, but there will be more medical expenses.