Out-of-State Visitation Chances?

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Lee S. Rosen
Board Certified Family Law Specialist
The Rosen Law Firm
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 200
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607

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Due to the economic down turn in Atlanta, GA, my position was eliminated in October 2002. Unfortunately, I was not able to find employment in Atlanta that would allow me to support my children as well as myself. I was forced to look nationally for employment. I finally found a very family oriented company and had to relocate to New Jersey.

Yvette, who has physical custody of our 3 children ages 10, 7, 6, is seeking to minimize the children visitation with their father, Rodrick, during the summer months the children are out of school.

I have made the following proposal to Yvette during mediation in the Clayton County Alternative Dispute Resolution office: The children come to New Jersey to visit their father for a total of 8 weeks (with a minimum 6 continuous weeks and 2 additional weeks). She made the statement that the children would experience anxiety being away from their Atlanta home for so long. Thus, I propose that the children initial stay would be 6 weeks and build to 8 weeks. The first year would be broken into 4 continuous weeks and then 2 additional week along with an assigned guardian advising us on the children adaptation of being away from Atlanta. The next year would be broken into 6 continuous weeks and then 2 additional week with continuing the evaluation with a assigned guardian advising us on the children adaptation to being away from Atlanta.

Her proposal was for the children to visit a total of 4 weeks (2 continuous weeks) the first year and a maximum of 5 weeks (3 continuous weeks).

My questions are:

  1. What are my chances of getting 8 weeks (6 continous weeks) of my children’s summer vacation?
  2. What can I do to improve my chances of getting the 8 weeks during the summer?

Thank you in advance for your advice.