[i]Originally posted by tookmydaughter[/i]
[br]Doesn't look good in the sense that if she won't send your daughter back you will have to file for custody, and since it sounds like your a decent person (judging by the fact you older daughter is still there) and the fact that your residence is still the child's habitual residence you have a good shot. The problem is that that heightens tensions.
- Try to seek counseling with your wife, 2) Keep your daughter’s best interest at heart.
Personally it sounds like taking you daughter away was intended to be provocation, like she looking for a fight and reason to hate your guts. but then again that could just be me projecting my own experience. Proceed with caution but protect yourself. I’d give her every opportunity for counseling and play Mr. Nice for another month and the hit the courts and get your daughter back before it’s too late. Isn’t she in school and stuff? Hasn’t your wife just destroyed your daughters routine and friends?
Thanks for your commments. My 18 year old daughter is quite put out with her Mom’s antics, and feels that her Mom is using her sister as a patsy to make her situation (walking out) look better. Yes, it has terribly disrupted my daughter’s routine, friends, etc, being out of state for so long.
My biggest concern at this point is that I may be subject to a geograpic disadvantage with regard to future visitation rights. I don’t know what “rights” I have as a father, but I sure don’t want to lose any rights just because I haven’t formally objected to my wife’s taking my daughter with her. I have given no just cause to her action. My 18 year old is happy to be at home with me. And I don’t think my younger daughter’s association with her mom is endangering her. I would even grant custody if I knew I wouldn’t be at a disadvantage geographically when it comes to visitation. This is just a strange and unfamiliar situation for me.
Thanks again for your comments.