My question involves a child custody case from the State of: Wisconsin
Since the courts order child support in 2008, my ex has accumulated over $15,000 in arrearages. Every year it's the same, he'll start paying (most if not all) of his month child support in March/Apirl, have the kids visit (he lives in another state), "lose his job" when their down there, and I have to pay for them to come home. By court order, because he is arrears, he is to pay ALL travel expense from my door. I already accomidate him by driving them to an airport that is 180 miles each way from my home (no reimbursement).
My youngest who is only six now (was 2 when we split) is having a harder and harder time each year traveling the 1200 miles to dad's for the summer. Neither child has a bed to sleep in (they take turns sleeping on the couch) have no summer activities, etc.
Neither child say she wants to stay, but the anxiety is almost palaple this year. Would I be reasonable to ask the courts that he comes here for visitation. He's 15000 in arrear, doesn't provide a bed (I'm no asking for a designated room, simply a bed), doesn't pay for all transportation costs, hasn't paid 4500 in other court mandated expenses (uninsured medical, etc.), and my daughter has had to go into counceling because of her fear of never coming home.
I don't want to take my kids away from their father, but at some point he needs to take responsibility for them too.