here's my story, as short and sweet as I can make it:
My ex forcibly took my daughter from Texas to GA (on advice of his parents) in '06 after I told him I wanted a divorce. I moved back to GA to file for custody and was told that I wouldn't get her due to my living independently (away from family) and being financially unstable. So my ex got custody of her. Then he moved to FL in '08 just after the custody agreement was set. So my custody agreement is basically useless due to it not having any stipulations on travel, other than to say if one party should move from the area, they have to travel and pay expenses. But we both moved and my ex believes since I moved first, I should have to travel the entire way. *sighs* So this past thanksgiving, i was scheduled for visitation, and we typically meet at a halfway point for exchanges. But he didn't have enough gas money(so he says) to travel, so he expects me to travel the entire way. Which I was unable to do.
Anyways, I talked to a lawyer and was told it was something we'd have to either deal with as adults, or file for a modification, which will cost me $1500 to $2500. I don't have that kind of expendable income right now as a stay at home momma.
He can deny me visitation and unless i go to court and pay tons of money, I have to take it or travel 12 hours in one day for a 3 day visitation.
And I am like a leper. People always assume that since I didn't automatically get custody, I must have been a drug addict, don't love my daughter or am a crazy person. :( I am so tired of this stigma. Am I alone on MDC that I do not have sole custody of my daughter?