My question involves a child custody case from the State of: Texas
My girlfriend, a wonderful mother of two beautiful children ages 26 and 9 months is recently divorced from an abusive ex-husband who financially bankrupt her, mentally physically and emotionally abused her and now pays his measly $400.00 per month child support as late as possible.
The divorce decree states the following:
A) The father is to have visitation the 1st 3rd and 5th weekends of the month starting Friday at 6PM, ending Sunday at 6PM.
B) The father is to pay the sum of $400.00 on the 1st of the month every month.
The father is supposed to have the girls this weekend and in the decree it states he can choose a competent person to pick the children up if he can not. I've found out he isn't even in the state right now! Out of the last 10 weekends the father is supposed to have the kids, he's had them maybe 4 times. When he does take them, he arrives when he wants to pick them up, then drops them off when he wants to. Sometimes he'll get there at 7:45PM to pick them up, then drops them off sometimes 24 hours early.
My question is, is there any way to make him use his visitation? I can understand if he's sick once or twice a year but he seems to just not want the kids. I love these girls with all my heart and I want their father in their life, but if he's going to be in their life I want him IN THEIR LIFE! I don't want him to take them twice in January, once in February, none in march, none in April, once in May. Get my point? Consistency is what I'm looking for. Also, is there a way to get him to pay his child support on time? What he does seems to be one last attempt at making my girlfriends life as miserable as possible!