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Does your ex have to tell you about vacation plans?

It's summer vacation. Your ex has the kids for a week, in keeping with your child custody agreement. You both live in Fort Worth, so you assume the kids are just a few miles away, like always.

Then you see pictures start coming up on social media. Your kids are posting them from Colorado, where they're hiking in the mountains with your ex. You're shocked, since your ex never said a word about the trip, and you had no idea where they were going.

Does your ex have to tell you about plans like that, or can he or she just take the kids anywhere at all?

It really depends on your child custody agreement, so it's best to plan for this in advance. In some cases, the court order can be set up to say that you both have to tell each other about any significant travel plans -- such as anything that takes the kids out of the state.

It's also worth noting that your ex can't just take the kids in a fashion that violates your rights. For instance, if he or she is two days late getting back and so you miss time with your children, then the order has likely been violated. Trips still have to fit with what was originally agreed upon.

If you never considered all of this before, there are legal steps you can take that may make it so your ex has to tell you about these plans in the future. Be sure you know about all of the options you have, especially if you think your rights were violated.

Source: FindLaw, "Custody or Visitation Interference," accessed May 26, 2017

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