What should parents consider when making vacation plans?

Summer means fun, especially for children who are free from having to go to school during the upcoming months. Summer can be fun for parents who welcome the opportunity to spend more time with their children. For divorced parents who are sharing custody, summer also means planning. It is important for parents to get on the same page in regards to vacation schedules.

By working together, parents can help ensure the summer days are filled with enjoyment rather than friction. There are a number of things that you and your ex should consider if you each have plans.

First, when making plans, be sure that they don't run afoul of your custody agreement. In some cases, a child may not be taken out of the state or country. If this is your situation, you may be able to have your ex agree to allow for a modification of the agreement to allow the children to travel.

It is also strongly advisable that you and your ex craft a well-detailed schedule. Making and sticking to a prearranged schedule can help prevent any accusations of custody or visitation interference. Along the same lines, you want to avoid springing any last second plans on your ex and children. All scheduling should be made well in advance.

Cooperation and planning can make this one of the best summers ever for both you and your children. You don't want this time spoiled by custody or visitation issues. As such, it can be very helpful to have a family law attorney work with you on your vacation plans.

The attorney can help make sure that you are able to do everything you want within the guidelines of your custody agreement. Should your circumstances merit it, the attorney can also work to get the agreement modified to accommodate your plans.

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