She also had the option to be REASONABLE. No court in the world has found a way to address ahead of time every possible scenario where an exception could or should be made so that all possibilities could be built into a court order. Thus, the courts rely on judges to be reasonable, anticipating that anal retentive parents in high hostility modes won't be. Yes, dad's request was entirely reasonable. AND he tried to negotiate with mom. Mom seems to be forgetting that this is about the CHILD. Mom would rather have dad drive the child around while tired and in heavier traffic rather than getting the child on the previous day and being able to leave at a better time? How is that in the child's best interest? Answer: it isn't...it's mom deciding to be an asshole just because she can be. I myself grew up in a very similar situation, and let me tell you, mom's child might be shielded from a lot of this stuff right now, but it won't stay that way and children DO figure out very quickly which parents are primarily concerned with them, and which parents are primarily concerned with using them as a tool with which to poke the other parent. If mom wants to go to court over the issue, it's her time and money - but judges know how these dynamics work and mom will effectively put a big stamp on her forehead that says "JACKASS Just because I have a lot to make up for and cause I CAN" - if one isn't there already.