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My ex and I just signed off on a divorce decree. We started in court, but did not go to trial. We agreed on joint custody with her as the primary guardian. I see my daughter every Weds. Night and every other weekend.
Currently, we live in Alabama, but I cannot make ends meet. Moreover, my ex is my indirect superior at work. The best job opportunities lie in Atlanta, which is roughly two hundred miles and three hours away (in another state).
My five year old daughter has been the joy in my life. If at all possible, I'd like to keep the weekend < parenting time > if at all possible. Do I have any chance in hell of this? Is this too hard on the child?
I have been transparent about my desire to move, but my ex refuses to discuss it (things have been tense of late, albeit much of that is my fault). I so don't want to go to court, but I have no idea to my rights.
You have the absolute bare minimum time with your daughter now - an amount of time that certainly does not reflect her being the "joy of my life" in any way - and your proposed move will reduce your time to nothing.
Many guys have tried to persuade us that moving away from their kids was a solution - none are ever successful. Better opportunities for a job is no reason to abandon your child.
Your ex- wife's next man will simply become Daddy, and you will be reduced to sending Child Support to a child you never see.
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