Family Holidays and Custody Arrangements

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May 17, 2019 | Sara Khaki

Being a parent might be the most rewarding job in the world, but it is simultaneously the most stressful. Raising a human means you are constantly making difficult decisions. Whether those decisions are seemingly small (like which type of vegetable to sneak into your kids’ dinner) or undeniably draining (like which school you should enroll them in), being a parent automatically increases the need to plan ahead.

If you are navigating the complexities of a custody arrangement, you know how much preparation goes into the process of securing a plan that works well for you, your ex-spouse, and most importantly, your children. Developing a visitation schedule with your soon-to-be-ex is often one of the most difficult aspects of a divorce. No parent wants to have to give up time with their children, especially during significant occasions like summer break.

Planning for Summer Vacation Starts in the Spring

Summer vacations will always be a major factor in any visitation schedule or custody arrangement. Regardless of whether you’re the custodial parent, you should set aside some time before summer break begins to review your parenting plan. If you are hoping to take your child on a summer vacation that would require a change in your custody agreement, you’ll need to start the preparatory process early. Talk to your ex-spouse to make sure you are both on the same page regarding which weeks the children will spend with which parent, and make sure you’re taking the right legal route so you don’t have any cause for contention.

While each situation will be different depending on your parenting plan, you’ll need time to converse with your ex-spouse and an experienced child custody attorney to plan the vacation that will work best for all involved parties. If you are considering taking your kids on summer vacation in 2019, let us help you plan to make it the best trip yet.


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