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Co-parenting challenges over the summer

On Behalf of | Mar 27, 2024 | Child Custody

The summer can certainly be a challenging period for co-parents, especially if it’s the first one after a divorce. When they initially get divorced, they will make a parenting plan and custody arrangement, but they will probably do so based on the school schedule since that’s what the kids use most of the year. During the three months off for summer break, though, other accommodations must be made.

As such, the first challenge for many couples is just communication. When the schedule has to change, they have to have a conversation about what alterations are needed and what it will mean for the future. If you’re in this position, it’s usually best to talk to your co-parent in advance so that the two of you are on the same page.

Family trips

Another challenge can be coordinating how to have family trips. These may break the standing custody order, so the two of you need to communicate and agree. For instance, you may typically have your children every other week, but you need extra time if you want to take them on a 10-day road trip during the summer break. Don’t violate your ex’s custody rights and make sure you talk to them first.

Extracurricular activities

Finally, the summer can bring about extra activities for your children. Maybe they go to summer camp. Maybe they’re involved with sports teams. Maybe they join different clubs or engage in extracurricular activities with their friends. Once again, communication and coordination are needed so that co-parents can address the schedule and help their children get to the proper activities.

In some cases, these types of issues can lead to disputes. Be sure that you understand all of your legal options.

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