First off, we are in Michigan. DH has two children from a former relationship. BM has barred contact between my DH and the children for far too long. DH took her to court to establish a visitation order, and the judge was clearly bias. See once apon a time BM and my DH lived within 30 minutes from one another. BM got a boyfriend and moved almost 3 hours north because they wanted to live near his mom. According to the law, there has to be things met to allow a move, including substantial increase in income, best interests in the children, etc. None of these were met. The judge was not concerned when this was brought up. This woman has moved 3 times, each time farther away than the last. If we had a choice in the matter, she would have never been allowed to move knowing how much harder it is to see the children. We are low income and making a trip out to see the children is like taking a vacation (money wise). The judge just ordered DH to one weekend a month meeting halfway (but in reality is much closer to BM's place) and to do the visit in the half way city. The order specifically says the visit must be in that city.
So, what ticks me is that BM moves and DH then becomes responsible for driving way out of the way because of her choice to move. Maybe this is where some of you will not agree with me, but she moves without prior approval from the court, and DH becomes responsible for the added expense of the trip. He is already garnished 52% of his wages, and he is struggling with bills enough, now here is this added expense. Wow.