[quote]Steel Nation wrote:
Bigger issue here is a woman using her child as a pawn against her ex. And referring to the day in, day out job of parenting as “drudgery” tells you a lot about her. Raising kids is work, it’s often not fun. But it’s what you do. My guess is she’s a spoiled controlling bitch and that’s why he left and she hasn’t changed her ways. [/quote]
You’re reading things that aren’t there.[/quote]
Agreed. As far as I understand it, in NY at least, a “standard” joint custody agreement means the non-custodial parent (the father in this article) gets every other weekend - friday evening to monday morning - and several hours one weeknight.
Not sure how they got into that original situation, but I can totally understand why the kid seems to be having nothing but fun every weekend during the schoolyear. The kid is 6 years old, of course they’re going to be cranky and grumpy during the week and want to just play all weekend.
That said, I personally know a woman here in NY who was brought back to court just a few months after the divorce was finalized because the father was unhappy that their young children would text their mother ‘goodnight’ during their every-other-weekend stays with him. The court ruled that the mother had to actively discourage the children from texting her.
Long story short: Courts are sometimes (often?) used by divorcees out of anger and they can end up making dumb decisions.
EDIT: On the flipside, sometimes courts actually do reinforce what should be common, reasonable sense.