Thank you for your question
My name is Clare
I shall do my best to help you but I need some further information first
How old are the children?
Do you know how much he earns?
Why are you paying the chaperone?
Seems odd - but in any event e should be paying this sum to you IN ADVANCE to facilitate the contact
In addition child maintenance is payable to cover such things as housing the children and providing heat and light (and no doubt electronics) as well as food and clothes
Aside form the food there is no financial benefit to you in the children being away (saving your sanity is not part of the deal)
He should be paying a set sum monthly - the figure should reflect the fact that ocntact is costly - but it remains payable wherever the children are.
You can either apply to the court in the UK for an Order that you then enforce in the States, or you can make the applictaion in the States if you so wish.
I hope that this is of assistance - please ask if you need further details
Where was the divorce?
Was there a financial settlement at all?
Have you remarried at all?
Then you can still make the applictaion within the divorce proceedings - using a Form A available here
and paying the fee of £245.
the fact that he is abroad will complicate the matters - but they should be resolved within six to eight months if he does not negotiate sooner