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I am theFather of twins and recently divorced. My Kids ae 10

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I am theFather of twins and recently divorced. My Kids ae 10 years old. Thier mother the custodial parent has been trying to exert her control over the Kids and I during my visitation by sending what she wants them to wear and not sending appropriate clothes for different venues such as church. So I resorted to purchasing all thier colthes when they are with me. (Double expense). I pay Child Support of 800.00 / month. She insist that I must take thier cell phone when they are with me. I insist that I have a phone and they can use mind anytime to call or communicate. I sent her a certified letter explaining that I would rather spend additional funds rather than be dictated to about my own children during visitation and to avoid any conflicts. She constantly brings issues up in front of the kids. If I provide communication , clothing ,etc. at my expense am I obligated to take what she sends?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Barrister replied 7 years ago.

Hello,

 

The short answer is no, you are not obligated to use what she provides. As long as you are providing for their basic needs (food, shelter, clothing) on your own then you are satisfying your parental obligations. The fact that the mother is attempting to get you to use whatever she provides is her trying to impose her will on your separate time with your children.

I would send the clothing back next time exactly as it was sent. If she brings it up, you can notify her that the children have adequate clothing at your home.

With regard to the cell phone, if you want to take it and turn it off, there is nothing wrong with that.

 

I hope this helps and thanks for the question.

Matt

 

 

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