My question involves a child custody case from the State of: MA
My husband and his ex-wife share 50/50 custody of their 14 YO son.
Initially after the divorce they were living in the same town. They both remarried and both moved to other towns and we are now about 30 miles apart and about 45 mins of travel one way due to traffic.
Mom decided to enroll their son in her town's school. She did not get Dad's permission.
Their divorce agreement states that they may move 35 miles apart without approval, that they must have the other's approval to enroll their son in any activity. There is a custody schedule, yet is is various days flipping back and forth, but ultimatley it is a 50/50 schedule. There is a note that the schedule may need to be adjusted based on the child's age/activites, etc. and that the parents should be flexible with this. There is no mention of sho should pck up/drop off when.
Mom and Dad have verbally agreed that whoever's day to have the son would pick up from the other's home. Time has always been flexible based on plans, etc. and we have worked it out on a day to day basis.
Here is the disagreement: Mom thinks that Dad should pick up on his days AND drop off their son at school even if it is her day. She believes that b/c his school is in her town that she shouldn't have to drive to our house to pick him up and bring him back. Dad believes that this arrangement is not 50/50; that he is doing the majority of the driving - about 80-90%. What this looks like is that Dad is driving to and from her town some times 5 days a week. And she is picking him up from our home every other week on the week end that is her day. Dad did not agree for his son to go to school in her town.... he didn't even have the chance to discuss it. He is not opposed to it, yet he does not feel it is fair that he is doing the majoirty of the driving. It affects his work schedule significantly, taking up 3+ hours on some days.
Advice please! Does he have legal grounds to add in pick up requirements that make her drive half the time?
Thanks for any help you can give us, MR