Do we stick with our guns and try and make ex follow the court order
and meet us at the court ordered times/days or do we cave (again) and try and compromise to ensure we get SD
for the holiday? Letting ex drop SD off a day late and then flying SD home. (I kind of hate caving because this is the judge's punishment to her for interfering and refusing the Christmas visit last year (we were supposed to have split the holiday a week each but ex pulled a stunt and we didn't get SD at all)
We emailed ex 2 days ago and haven't heard anything yet. Ticket we need dropped in price this morning and has started to go up again this afternoon, we can't buy it until Friday unless I can borrow it somewhere tomorrow. Background:
order says ex is to notify DH
no later than 11/1 of each year to let him know if she is flying or driving the SD for the Christmas visit. If she choses to drive then they meet the day after school lets out for the holiday (Sat) at noon at (city) and pick up is the day before school starts (a Sunday) at noon at (city). If ex choses to fly SD, once DH is notified he is to purchase tickets for SD.
Ex notified us on 11/1 that she was driving up here for the holidays, BUT would not be able to follow the court order since she could not get Friday off work and she would have to drive overnight. She would meet at the (city) sometime on Sunday AND we would have to give up another day and she would pick SD up a day early so they could drive back to ex's state OR we could fly SD. Ex did not give us a specific like she was supposed to.
We emailed ex back that day after looking at tickets (the court ordered flight was way after the family started driving up here) and told ex that since she was driving anyways she had to follow the court order and we would meet her at the court order appointed days and times.
Ex called Sunday (11/15) yelling about how dare we make her drive overnight and she can't get off of work on Friday (she has had 7 months to request the day off).
Hubby and I thought about it overnight. We don't have the money for a round trip ticket, frankly we don't have money to even buy a 1-way ticket, but we emailed ex and said that IF she SWEARS we get a make-up date then we will meet ex and SD on Sunday at 9am in their hometown (we had planned to be there for his family's Christmas anyways) and we would then fly SD home on Sunday.
We don't have money for the attorney right now, and we document everything, so we will re-retain our attorney and see if we can get her on contempt early next year. We only have 18 months to go!!!