In a child custody situation, who pays for transportation costs during visitation?
My daughter got married 3 years ago but found out she was not legally divorced. The 2 separated but had a child. She filed for child support in TX and was awarded it and sole custody. The father lives in VA. If he files for joint custody will she have to pay for transportation for the child to see him?
When a parent lives in a distant location, it can be especially important to provide for "visitation transportation". Whether sole or joint custody, the parent exercising visitation (i.e. the parent that the child is visiting) typically provides for transportation ans costs. However, given the logistics and costs, it's wise to provide for the specifics in any custody agreement. Address who pays for the costs of such transportation (including who will pay the extra costs related to children traveling alone); address when children will be allowed to fly or use public transportation unaccompanied by a parent; what supervision is required; and any other related matters. Sharing transportation costs and responsibilities is also possible.
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