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Child custody and summer vacation: Have you done these things?

Are you planning a summer vacation? Do you have every intention of taking your child along with you? Are you concerned that doing so could result in an argument with your ex-spouse?

When it comes to child custody and summer vacation, there are many steps you can take to keep the peace. It's not always easy, especially if your ex is generally looking for an argument, but here are some steps you can take:

  • Give as much notice as possible. Once you know that you want to take your child on a summer vacation, touch base with the other parent to give him or her all the necessary information.
  • Set up and share a schedule (and don't change it). Setting up a schedule is critical, as it gives the other parent a clear idea of what the vacation entails. Also, don't make too many changes once your schedule is in place.
  • Understand your custody agreement. The last thing you want to do is violate your child custody agreement, such as by taking your child out of the state or the country (if this isn't permitted).
  • Exchange custody at the right time and place. For example, it may make sense to do so at the airport. At that point, you can go over any final details.
  • Let your child communicate with the other parent. Don't attempt to shut down all lines of communication, as this can result in bad blood between you and your child. Instead, if he or she wants to speak with the other parent, don't get in the way.

There is nothing more exciting than taking a summer vacation with your child. Unfortunately, if you are divorced, there is a lot to think about and prepare for from a custody point of view.

When you plan in advance, you can work through all potential problems with the other parent. You can also provide all the necessary information, to ensure that everyone is on the same page.

As long as you understand your legal rights and custody agreement, you should be able to work something out that makes you, your ex and your child happy.

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