Summer vacation is just around the corner for children, teenagers, and even young adults in college. Whether you have a fun trip in store for your kids or plan to relax with them, you and your ex-spouse must work together to create a schedule both of you can agree on to avoid any potential conflicts and misunderstanding. While co-parenting can be quite a challenge during the hot summer months, it is possible if both parents are willing to compromise.
The following are several tips divorced parents can take to plan for summer vacation:
- Plan ahead – Without a co-parenting plan for the summer, there is plenty of room for miscommunication and fighting between both parties. The custody schedule determines how much time each parent will spend with the children. Common types of schedules include alternating weekends, alternating having the children every two weeks, having one parent watch over the kids for the summer, or schedule times when one or both parents take their children on vacation.
- Discuss individual vacation plans as soon as possible – If you plan on taking your kids on a trip, avoid reserving anything until you speak to the other parent. Telling the other parent early on about your vacation plans can not only help you reserve those dates without argument, but it could also allow the other parent to plan their vacation with the children at a later date.
- Mark down any prior work and social engagements – Whether you have a business meeting in another state or have a family reunion planned, you need to mark these dates on the schedule. Doing so will allow you to make any swaps or trades in parenting time ahead of schedule. Do not forget to mark down any plans your children have, such as birthday parties, sports tournaments, and other pre-planned events they wish to attend.
- Making daycare arrangements – Since the kids will spend most of their days at home since school is out, you might not be able to take care of them during the day because of work. To ensure your children are constantly supervised, you can have them attend a daycare program sponsored by the local park or even YMCA. Discuss your plans with other parents, so that your children will be around friends for the summer.
- Talk to your children – While it is important to establish plans with your ex-spouse, summer vacation is for your kids. Find out if they’d like to do anything, in particular, this summer and attempt to work those ideas into the custody schedule. Make sure your children have the best summer vacation ever.
If you are interested in modifying your custody or visitation schedule in Manhattan, contact Goldweber Epstein LLP today to learn more.