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Planning For Summer Vacation As Divorced Parents

Now that spring break is nearly over, divorced parents are likely turning their attention to summer vacation. If you haven’t already made plans, now is the time to do so.

Experienced family law attorneys will likely advise you to make a detailed a parenting plan that includes how the two of you are going to deal with your children’s vacation time, including summer vacation.

It’s important for parents to discuss how their children will spend their summer vacation. Children whose parents are divorced find comfort and consistency in knowing that their parents have agreed on how summer vacations will be spent and sticking to the plan. The sooner that you as a family agree on a plan for summer break, the better.

If your custody agreement has limitations on whether you or your co-parent can take your children out of state or out of the country, it’s essential that you get approval before taking the kids outside of the set limitations.

Nearly all divorced parents put their kids first, regardless of what their own relationship is. Therefore, whatever issues you have with your ex, you should both work to ensure that your children have an enjoyable summer vacation. Likely, they will be spending time with both of you.

Whenever your kids are with your ex, it’s important not to intrude on their time together. Let them enjoy their adventures with their other parent.

If vacations are becoming an issue, it may be advisable to speak with your family law attorney. Perhaps you and your co-parent need to have a more detailed parenting plan. The goal for both of you, as your attorney will likely explain, is to put the past behind you and do what’s in the best interests of your children.

Source: FindLaw, “Top 5 Tips for Child Custody and Summer Vacation,” Brett Snider, Esq., accessed April 14, 2017

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