Now that school is out for the summer, you and your ex have to figure out how to manage your children’s schedules while still working and juggling other responsibilities. Summer can be a hectic time – with camps, sporting events, vacations and other activities. Since this season is so busy, you and your co-parent may need a different, flexible parenting-time arrangement for the summer months.
Creating a plan that works
Summer vacation is a unique time. You’ll want to be prepared to work with your ex to accommodate sudden schedule changes and other challenges.
If you’re currently in the process of going through a divorce, you may want to consider your and your kids’ potential needs for the summer. You can include specific terms in your custody agreement that address what you think will most benefit your kids during this season.
If you are already divorced and have a custody plan in place, then working with your ex to create a more flexible schedule for the summer may be helpful. If working together is not possible, then you may want to consider a formal modification to your custody or visitation order – if that is best for your situation.
The best interests of the kids
It is worth bearing in mind that the ultimate goal for any custody decision is to protect the best interests of your children above all else. Any decisions made that will alter the visitation or custody arrangement should be made with the well-being of the children as the goal. Working with a family law attorney can help to make this process simpler for everyone involved.