When asked what her dad would need to change for her to do overnights with him she said "like change everything" and then recounted various past events when he acted in ways that upset her (e.g. "picking us up late from school" "not getting us clothes", "not taking us to activities", "not having enough food"). She is fine talking to him on the phone.I was actually present during the part of the interview where Perlmutter asked my daughters to recite as many complaints about me as they could think of to say. She did not actually say, "not having enough food". My daughter said, "Dad eats most of the food."
I challenged my daughter to explain when we ever failed to have enough food. She admitted that I always made extra food, and there was always plenty to eat. After about five minutes discussion about that, I asked her what the problem was. She said that there was no problem, and that by saying "Dad eats most of the food", she only meant that my food portions were much larger than theirs, and she did not mean to imply that they were not getting enough to eat. Perlmutter was too stupid to understand this.
There is no merit to the other complaints either. If I had really been picking them up late from school, the school would have documented it and my ex-wife would have used it against me. And of course they were not running around naked from a lack of clothes either.
My guess is that Judge Morse is going to send us to counseling to address these points, and it will be a total waste of time. I can only hope that the counselor has enough common sense to understand that the kids probably did have clothes to wear, or there would have been more serious complaints. But I doubt it.
"I can only hope that the counselor has enough common sense to understand that the kids probably did have clothes to wear"
Was there a complaint against mommy buying most of the better dresses?
Yes, there was. So at one point I just let my ex-wife buy those outfits and bill me for the cost. Now the kids are old enough to pick out their own clothes, so it would not be an issue.
"Yes, there was. So at one point I just let my ex-wife buy those outfits and bill me for the cost"
so what is child support for?
I just had a $3000 psychologist evaluation, trying to get more time with my 5 year old. The only thing he said negatively about me was that I overestimated the efficacy of "time outs" in changing the behavior of 2 year olds (ex-wife allowed me a total of 4 days with my son while two years old). Now, I get 4 more sessions at 350 per hour, to work on age appropriate behavioral modification (with the same psychologist, of course). What a racket.
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