For divorced parents, the summertime can be a major headache. Scheduling
activities and trips around an existing
child custody arrangement can prove difficult, but there are tips you can follow to make everyone’s
life a little easier.
1. Focus on Your Child’s Happiness
Newly divorced couples often involve their children in arguments without
even realizing it. When you are co-parenting, focus on the happiness of
your child first. Don’t make your child feel like they have to pick
between mom and dad. The summertime is for creating lasting memories,
and you can help facilitate that by keeping your child at the forefront.
2. Plan a Vacation Schedule
Meet your ex-spouse to discuss and create a vacation schedule that appeals
to everyone. By meeting, everyone can voice their wants and needs right
then and there, instead of having to argue over the finalized schedule.
Once the vacation is set, stick to it.
3. Stay in Communication
If, for some reason, you decide to not tell the other parent about a change
of plans to the vacation schedule you agreed on, they may be able to bring
legal action against you. Avoid trouble by staying in constant communication,
even if it means a simple text message or email.
4. Plan for Summer Daycare
With school being out, you may need to make arrangements for your child
to either attend a daycare or be watched by a babysitter. You can also
look into summer programs or camps where kids can spend the day playing
with other kids, going on field trips, doing art projects and more. A
safe and cared-for child will keep both parents happy.
5. Consider Mediation
If a summer schedule cannot be resolved, your best bet may be to mediate
your differences in front of a child custody lawyer. Either spouse can
bring in a mediator to help resolve your disputes, without having to go
to court. If mediation does not work, your last and final option is to
get the courts involved.
At Owenby Law, P.A., our
Jacksonville divorce lawyers
can assist you and your ex-spouse in creating a parenting plan that both
of you can agree to.
If you’re ready to discuss your case, call (904) 770-3141 or
contact us online