Summer can be a difficult time to navigate for divorced parents as the school-year custody and visitation routines end and the summer schedule begins. With summer right around the corner, here are some co-parenting tips for a stress-free summer for you, your co-parent and your child(ren).
Both parents should discuss and put into place a summer schedule that avoids conflict with one another. When discussing a summer schedule that works best for you and your co-parent, factors such as work schedules and other year-round obligations should be taken into consideration.
Often times, court orders outline these time sharing agreements. However, parents may also designate what thirty days of visitation time they receive over the summer through an extended summer possession. If you did not designate your visitation times by April 1st then it defaults to July 1 through July 31st. The further in advance you plan the less likely there is to be conflict about times and dates of visitation.
Involve Your Child(ren) in the Planning Process
Children of all ages look forward to summer break all school-year and of course want plans of their own that may not involve either parent. Older children may want to spend time and/or vacation with a friend's family. Children of all ages may want to see other family members such as Grandparents or go to a day activity or summer camp. Understanding what you child wants to do during their summer vacation may help you and your co-parent decide on a summer schedule that works best for everyone.
You and your co-parent should communicate when and where summer plans with your child are taking place. It’s important to ensure that these dates and locations are communicated and solidified between both parents, especially if those plans take you and your child out of the country for an extended period of time.
If you plan on taking a vacation or trip with your child this summer, provide your co-parent with all the details. This should include how long you'll be gone, where you'll be staying, and any other information that pertains to the trip. The same information should be shared with you if your co-parent is taking you child instead. Having this information readily available will help to avoid any miscommunications between you and your co-parent.
Although summers offer the chance for a more flexible schedule, without proper planning and communication it can be a stressful few months for you, your co-parent and your child. If planned appropriately, co-parents can make the most of this important time with their child.
Have specific questions about how this summer will affect your custody and visitation rights? C. Y. Lee Legal Group, PLLC is here to help you. Click here to set up an appointment, or call (832) 838-1743.