When assisting clients with their custody matters, one of the most overlooked issues is that of vacation time with the children. It is difficult enough to create a day-to-day custody schedule with the other parent of your child, and parents may simply overlook the need to establish vacation time with the children until it is too late.
When creating a vacation time schedule, here are some important issues to consider:
- Notice: You should usually include a notice requirement in the vacation schedule so that each parent will be provided with ample notice of the vacation.
- Information: Parents should agree upon what information must be provided to the other parent when they decide to take a child on vacation. It can be very stressful for parents to allow their child to go on vacation without any information as to how long they will be there, where they are staying, what activities the child will participate in, and who else will be on the vacation.
- Length of Vacation: Parents should designate how long vacations with the children can last. Without a designation of a time period, parents could take extended vacations and interfere with the other parent’s vacation time.
- Contact with Child: Even though the child may be on vacation and having fun, it may be hard for a parent and a child to go an extended period without speaking to each other. Parents should designate how often a non-vacationing parent may call/Facetime with the child while they are on vacation so that the child may still see the non-vacationing parent, but the vacation is not interrupted by constant phone calls.
Parents must remember that while the tips above are a good start to a vacation schedule, there may be some other, more complicated considerations to take into account. If you are having a vacation parenting time issue please contact our office…’
WARNING: THIS IS A GENERAL DISCUSSION OF LAW AND IS NOT INTENDED TO BE LEGAL ADVICE. FOR ANY LEGAL QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE AND SPEAK TO AN ATTORNEY. IF YOU ARE SEEKING TO MODIFY A CUSTODY ORDER OR PARENTING TIME, CONTACT US.