We live three states away from my stepdaughter and last year we began a visitation arrangement that requires the parents meet between thier homes to exchange the child at the start and end of each visit. The problem is that the location, chosen by the judge, is 235 miles from our home and only 129 miles from the custodial parent’s home. This translates into a 4.5 to 5 hour drive, one way, for us and only a 2.5 hour drive for her. We also have to drive through 2 capital cities in two of the states, which often means that traffic makes the trip even longer. If we are late, the other parent has a temper tantrum and berates us for it, even though we call to inform that we are running behind due to traffic, etc. We did not complain about the location initially because we were so thankful for the out of state visitation. However, we will be back in court next month and would like to request a more fair meeting location. We found a very similar location (another travel center) to the one that the judge chose that is exactly 3 hours and 20 minutes from both of our homes (per mapquest). What kind of documentation would you suggest that we bring to demonstrate that the new location would be more appropriate? We would like our case to be strong when we make the request as the current location is additional hardship on us to exercise visitation.
I would suggest you bring the map and the mapquest directions from both locations to the new proposed meeting spot.