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Father's Issues / Just looking for options
« on: Aug 31, 2015, 08:29:49 AM »
   In 2005 my live in girlfriend and I had our first child. In 2008 we had a second child. Our two boys were born and raised in Texas up until 2014. In 2012 we separated. We were never married so we didn't file for a divorce. She found a new relationship and remarried. She has now moved to Hawaii with our kids and her new husband, because I had no "geographical restriction" clause set up in my initial order. I live in Texas. I was able to at least talk her into letting the boys stay to finish out the school year. So the boys stayed with me from Oct 2013 to April 2014. She came to pick up the boys in April last year and moved them to Hawaii.
   I miss my boys dearly. This has been a trying time for me. I haven't seen my kids since they left. Their mom and I have a good relationship and she does let me talk to the boys almost any time I would like, but I haven't seen them in over a year. I am not in the best position financially and am taking steps to fix that. I am going back to school and am one year away from graduating. With having to work low paying jobs and pay child support (which I am current) it's extremely difficult to pay for airfare for the boys to fly back and forth. Initially we verbally agreed that we would split the costs. I was okay with that until summer came this year and I was given the option to pay to have the boys come home to visit for the summer. I didn't have the money so I was not able to see them. Both our boys and I were devestated.
   My order was set up in 2008 in Texas and has recently been transferred to Hawaii. I have not consulted with an attorney because I am not able to afford one. I am not a bad father. I just want to see that I am very much a part of our boys life as they grow up. Putting that kind of distance between us has severely compromised the relationship I have had between our kids.
   My questions are ...
   •What options, if any do I have to be able to see my kids?
   • because of the situation I am in financially, am I just supposed to tough it out until I finish school, find a better job, so that then I will be able to afford the airfare and an attorney?
   I am just lost. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

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