When assisting clients with their custody matters, something that is often overlooked is the client’s vacation time with their children. It is already difficult to create a day-to-day custody schedule with the other parent of your children, so it can be easy to forget the need to establish vacation time with their children until it is too late.
When creating a vacation time schedule, here are some important issues to consider:
- Notice: Each parent should give the other ample time to prepare for the vacation time by notifying them.
- Information: Parents should be in agreement upon which information should 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 there.
- 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 of time without speaking to each other. Parents should decide beforehand how often a non-vacationing parent may call or Facetime 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 schedule a vacation, there may be other more complicated aspects to consider. If you are having a vacation parenting time issue, please contact our office.
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.