The summer months are almost here. This means that parents who aren’t in a relationship with each other will have to figure out how child custody matters will be handled this summer. This is actually an important matter for anyone who is in the midst of a child custody battle to consider.
While there are some schools in this area that have year-round school, this isn’t the case for all school. No matter what schedule your child’s school follows, you have to think about what is going to happen when your child is on a break or when you are planning a vacation.
Determine a schedule to include in the custody agreement
Having a summer custody schedule in writing in the custody agreement can help to make your life much easier each summer. You can review the schedule to determine when you will have the child and when your ex will have him or her.
One instance that might prove challenging is if you can’t have a set custody schedule. This might be the case for some people who are laborers and those who have swing shift work. In this case, you might have to come up with a creative child custody solution.
Set the expectations for vacation travel now
Setting the plans for vacation travel now can help to keep things smooth later. One thing that you have to think about is where each parent will be able to travel with the child. In some cases, a parent might need the court’s approval to travel outside of a specific area. In other cases, the other parent would have to be notified of the travel plans. Sometimes, no notification or approval is necessary for travel.
Even if you don’t think that this will be an issue in the child custody arrangement, you should still address the possibility. You never know what the future is going to hold.
Be prepared to address challenges
No child custody order can address all of the things that might come up. You should be prepared to address challenges. Often, you can do this by working with your ex to come to an agreement. Of course, mediation is always a possibility if you and your ex need some help to come to an agreement about matters.
Each year, you should review the child custody order to determine what is going to happen. Try to do this well in advance so that you aren’t scrambling at the last minute to get things done.