Summer is a magical time for many children. They don’t have to worry about going to school and they can enjoy playing outside. For some, this is also the time when they’re going to take vacations and have fun with their family members.
Parents who are divorced should start thinking about summer plans now. Working out the dates and terms before the warmer weather is here is beneficial so nobody is scrambling at the last minute.
Check the dates
One of the first things you need to do is find out when you’ll have your kids for the summer. This gives you an idea of when you can plan the vacation. Just remember that trying to rush to leave or having to rush as soon as you get home can be unpleasant. For these reasons, it’s a good idea not to plan travel days on the transition days when the child changes homes.
Consider other children
If you’re remarried or in a serious relationship with someone who has children, you might want to work out the vacation so all the children can go. This can take some work, especially if one of the other parents doesn’t want to negotiate the vacation dates or terms. Ultimately, what’s best for the children should be the focus so think carefully as you’re trying to make plans.
The terms of the parenting plan might answer some of your questions about summer vacation. If it doesn’t, working with your ex is likely the best way to get things resolved peacefully. If negotiations fail, however, it may be time to get some legal intervention.