For kids, summer vacation is the most exciting time of the year. While no school may mean more fun for them, what about you?
For parents, summer vacation can mean a major change in schedule. Figuring out where the kids will be during the day can be difficult when you have to work. If you are divorced, summer vacation can mean additional adjustments to your custody plan, especially if you want to take a family vacation.
3 tips for creating a summer custody plan that will work
Creating a custody plan for the summer can seem daunting, but keeping a few things in mind can help ensure you find a plan that works for you, your kids and their other parent.
- Don't violate your existing agreements. Make sure you know what your current custody agreement says, particularly about travel if you plan to take a trip this summer. If your agreement limits international or other travel, you may need to get a modification. Starting this process well in advance can help ensure everything goes smoothly.
- Create a summer schedule that works and stick with it. Take time now to think about your summer plans and discuss them with your child's other parent. It's a good idea to get a schedule in writing so you and your ex are on the same page about where your children will be throughout the summer. A lawyer can help you submit it to a judge.
- Avoid surprises. Surprising your child's other parent with a last-minute summer trip will only increase chances that they won't agree to it. Giving adequate notice shows that you are serious about doing what's best for everyone - not just yourself.
Why start now?
It's only April, and you have a million things on your plate. Do you really need to think about this now? While you don't have to do anything, working out a custody plan for summer vacation now can help you avoid the stress of dealing with it last-minute. If you and your child's other parent don't have a great relationship, starting now will give you the time you need to reach an agreement you can both live with.