Ex-husband beats me to it...
So my daughter and I have been planning a possible move to USVI. I've been trying to plan my PVM for the summer when I know prices are down. Same here in Florida. He decides to take her on a vacation for her spring break. Where is he taking her??? STT!! In the most expensive resort on island!! I've tried to explain to her that his high rolling is NOT the way we will be living Mercy!!!
I agree with speedy, you need to check your divorce papers, but then again your ex seems to be the sort that would tell you or better yet flaunt it in your face that you can't make the move. I just hope if this is the case, you come to realize this BEFORE you spend any money.
I don't know your ex, so I can't speak on why he decided to go to St. Thomas for Spring Break and take your daughter with him, I would like to think he felt he was doing you a favor by giving her a heads up before the PMV. I would like to think good of people rather than bad, I hope this is the reason and not just to be mean or hateful. If it were me, I would want to see where my ex-wife was hauling our daughter off to that would be 1000 miles away from me and the only way there is by plane or boat, especially after researching and seeing the crime rate and reading some of these forums.
Yeah, Shangirl...just make sure there's nothing is your custody agreement that prohibits you from taking her beyond a certain distance for reasons other than vacation.
Also, I may be a newcomer and certainly don't have the lowdown on the schools here, but it might behoove her to come and experience STT beyond resort life - visit schools, check out activities, maybe even let her be part of the process of finding a place to live. I first visited STT when I was 15 and was dazzled and never wanted to leave, but of course I was staying in a resort. I think actually living here and dealing with day-to-day stuff is going to be quite a different experience.
I don't think people are trying to discourage you, just so you know. I DO think "informed decision" is the name of the game! good luck!
Maybe she can pick up some local info to bring home -- Daily News, some real estate books, Island Trader, local phone book, good maps, grocery flyers etc. - or even visit a school or 2 to get some idea of the possibilities for her.
All of that info is also online (except visiting a school, of course!)
It's my fault this is looking like a Dear Abby column...I presented it that way. Honestly, I'm glad she is going, he is just a lot better off than I am financially and I don't want her to get the impression that our life on the island would be just like that. She is smart and old enough for me to talk to so I was just frustrated honestly. Knee jerk reaction.
On the divorce stuff. He travels for work about 90% of the time so spends very little time at home. We have both talked about moving before because he travels so much, there would be little difference in the time he sees her. He would just travel to see her or pay for her to come here. He has more frequent flyer miles than I have hairs on my head. Our typical arrangement involves him paying for most things and me doing most things (day to day everything) because he is not around to do them. He's a great dad when he is here and tries to be from afar, he's just a jet setting business-man with no real reason to require her to stay somewhere he rarely is.