Long story short: my daughter is the proud mum of her 18month old little boy. The Daddy originally wanted nothing to do with her/the pregnancy, turned up for a little while in the first months, then chose to avoid contact etc etc. In the interim, he has had minimal contact with his son, and only then mainly when my daughter has made the 700km round trip to Melbourne to ‘give’ him access rights.
Back-story: The Daddy is (we’ve found out) a pretty serious drug user: not just dope, but includes cocaine and other more harmful stuff. He is a VERY well-paid self-employed tradesman, but is loathe to pay child-support. IOW, his responsibility towards his son, and his personal attention have been severely lacking wot.
Aaaanyway*, he has decided that he wants to have his little boy next weekend…for three days…unsupervised. His intent was to drive here (btw, he’s lost his licence for a DUI charge) pick up the little bloke, drive back to Melbourne, and deliver him BACK in three days. :rolleyes:
My daughter told him to naff off. There is NO WAY in hell she was going to let her little fella be away from her for 3 HOURS let alone 3 DAYS. She invited him to spend some time with the young’bloke on HIS territory, and that maybe, sometime in the future he’d then be up for a weekend away, but The Daddy just spat the dummy, whingeing about denial of access rights etc etc. :rolleyes:
So, The Daddy reckons he’s going to get himself a lawyer to restore his legal rights to access to his son. I just laughed, but then things have changed a bit since I was the single-parent-with-kids-with-access-issues.
Sooooo, my question is: can a non-custodial parent, especially one who has had minimal contact with their child, demand long-duration custody visits with an 18 month old?
Any suggestions or advice??