Which of the parents should contribute with costs for the social trips, and with how much?
Every child has the right to spend time with both his parents as long as it is for the child’s sake and in the best interests of the child. In some cases the child lives with one parent, while in other cases the child lives equally with both parents (alternating residence). In both cases, there may be questions about which of the parents should pay the costs of travel for contact with the child, ie. when traveling with the child to pick up or drop off. Unfortunately, there is no simple and short answer to this question. Do the parents live in the same city? If the parents live in the same city and close to each other, there are normally no costs for social trips, or very small costs. But since the parents live in different places, far from each other, or even abroad, it becomes a more tricky question to decide which of the parents should pay the costs of the social trips. Travel expenses The main responsibility for the travel expenses for the contact lies with the contact parent, ie the parent with whom the child does not live. But at the same time, there is also a certain obligation for the resident parent to be responsible for part of the costs. This responsibility is based on the child’s right to spend time with the parent with whom the child does not live. This special regulation usually becomes relevant when the distance between the parents’ homes exceeds 100 km or e.g. when the resident parent without a reasonable justification moves far away in order to make contact difficult. The distribution of costs between the parents is governed in these cases by a so-called fairness assessment. It is a complicated calculation that is made based on the parents’ financial ability and the individual circumstances in the case itself. This calculation can be compared with the calculation made when calculating child support. The accommodation In the case of alternating residence, both parents are considered to be resident parents. Which of the parents should contribute to the costs then? The answer to this question is that there is no special provision on the distribution of travel costs when the child lives alternately. In these cases, both parents should be responsible for their own costs, but it is also possible to skew the costs, ie that one of the parents contributes more to travel costs, if this is agreed. The possibility of reimbursement of travel expenses by the other parent is considered in these cases to be limited. In practice, it is best that the parents themselves agree on how the distribution of travel costs should take place and how much each parent should bear. In other cases, you can get help to agree and draw up a written agreement about the visit, and also arrange the visit trips. A written agreement that has been approved by the social welfare board or the Family Court has the same force as a final judgment from a court. You can get help with this from the Family Court in your municipality or from a law firm. You are welcome to contact us at Centrumadvokaterna for help with settling questions about socializing and socializing travel costs. // Jur.kand. Saja Bseiso Mattias Magnusson2021-12-17T08: 54: 47 + 01: 00