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It’s already time to think about summer custody arrangements

During the school year families have a set schedule but that all changes when school lets out and the days get longer. Bed times get pushed back and kids spend evenings playing outdoors instead of finishing homework. But without proper planning, summer fun will upend carefully devised parenting schedules.

Start now to be ready

Most visitation arrangements address summer and school-year times, but guidelines breeze over the summer months. Planning a workable summer visitation schedule involves careful planning and some flexibility from both parents. Communicate vacation plans early and be willing negotiate, especially for holiday travel.

When planning travel, seek written consent from the other parent, even in cases of sole custody. If your child custody order has limitations on taking your child out of state or the country you need to get a court order giving you special permission to travel.

Expect a few hiccups

Changes in routines prompt stress in children. For children, changes in a routine mean sleeping at a different house, possibly across state lines, and seeing a primary parent less often. Your child will probably miss the other parent even though they are enjoying spending time with you. Be respectful of their feelings and coordinate calls or other forms of staying in touch. If your child is spending time with the other parent show your interest and ask the child to tell you about the things they have been doing.

Conflicting time commitments

Children do not have school during the summer, but they still engage in scheduled social activities. Children often spend time away at a summer camp. If your child wants to attend a summer camp, coordinate with the other parent to talk about paying for the camp and how it will affect parenting time. For teens, summer employment adds complexity to vacation scheduling. Let them know about travel plans in advance so they can request time off.

A well made schedule that allows for flexibility is better than no schedule, even for co-parents that get along well. The schedule involves your children so do not be afraid to ask them for input. A little planning now leaves room for more time spent making memories with your child later.

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