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Child custody, visitation and summer vacation

As you turn your attention to summer vacation, you may soon realize that you have a lot to think about in regards to child custody and visitation.

For example, you need to discuss your trip with your ex-spouse as soon as possible, as there will be details to work through in regards to scheduling adjustments.

Here are a few custody tips to keep in mind when planning your summer vacation:

  • Set a schedule early on and stick with it no matter what
  • Read your custody agreement from beginning to end to ensure your plans are not in violation
  • Talk to the other parent as soon as possible, as you need to let him or her know of your plans
  • Make plans on how to best exchange custody
  • If you need to alter your visitation schedule to take your child on vacation, be flexible in regards to letting the other parent spend more time with the child upon your return
  • Let your child communicate with the other parent while on vacation, such as by making daily phone calls or texting

Summer vacation can be a lot of fun, especially if you have the opportunity to spend the trip with your child.

You don't want issues regarding child custody and visitation to get in the way, as this can quickly turn your trip into something you weren't expecting.

As long as you understand your parenting agreement and work closely with the other parent to ensure that you're on the same page, everything should come together as you plan and carry through with your vacation.

Source: FindLaw, "Top 5 Tips for Child Custody and Summer Vacation," accessed May 29, 2018

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