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Divorced parents should plan summer vacations now

Many divorced parents in Fort Worth, Texas, and Tarrant, Texas, find that the most emotionally challenging issue that arises from their divorce is not who got the cash, the stocks, the bonds or even the house. It is, of course, the time that they get parenting their children, which is more valuable to most fathers and mothers than all of the material things put together. Although the basic child custody arrangements are typically in place at the time the divorce is finalized, parents can do the right thing for their children by maintaining clear communication about how periods like summer vacations will be handled.

After all, summers tend to be times when the children are away from school, and so have a lot more time that they can spend with each parent, including the one they have been spending less time with during the school year. Additionally, that parent may well have a more flexible work schedule in the summer, and accrued vacation time that his or her boss doesn't mind him or her taking if business is slower in the summer. All of that speaks to the importance of planning who the children will be with in specific periods of the summer in advance.

In some cases, this may be done by informal arrangement between the parents. In other cases, however, such as when the parents disagree, a parent seeking a change in regards to summer parenting time with his or her children may need to file a motion with the court to have his or her child custody order amended. Parents planning to do that should know that such motions can take a long time, as much as 60 days, to get all sorted out.

For that reason, you'll want to have your ducks in a row before you start it. Make sure that you know when your children's other commitments are, so that the time that you're requesting will not conflict with those, and convey the benefits to your children of your request.

Source: L.A. Parent, "5 Tips to Lessen Summer Visitation Drama," Casey Marticorena and Don Schweitzer, accessed Feb. 05, 2018

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