Alternate weekends with each parent is pretty usual, though it depends on the age of the children and what suits everyone. This is something that you should discuss in mediation.
Both parents need to have a reasonable length of time with the children, if possible, and children need to have stable arrangements. It is better for them not to see you arguing about this or anything else. I would let her do it this time and use the time to get your head together a bit and see friends.
Rob. No one acts normally during a split up. If your mrs has decided that she wants out of your marriage, there is very little you can do about it. And if she wants to take them away for the weekend, let her. It will give you time to collect your thoughts.Bt=y the way, my ex2b was always right as well!
I have been away from her for nearly 12 months and life is very sweet. I have my 2 kids 50% of the time, week on week off and I have quality time with the kids and I have quality time for me.
it seems crackers to me.... my son has football on sat am and daughter has friends party pm. she is willingly going to take both to both events even though each will not want to be at each others gig purely so she can meet this aim.
being as normally i would have done both of these events but with each respective child individually.... i feel she is willfully dragging about the kids to meet her own ends.
most parents will say it is best not to show a 7 year old something they cant have.... i.e. a party, however all of a sudden the mrs thinks this is acceptable! hmmmmm.
I think you need to try and calm down about this. Once you have split you will each be a single parent the times you have the children, and this is what being a single parent is like for both parents and children. It's not such a big deal to have to sit through your brother's football or deliver your sister to a party. It is understandable that you feel angry but you need to try not to see your wife as suddenly a bad parent just because she doesn't want to be your wife any more.