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Child custody and summer vacation: Keep these tips in mind

Many children (and adults) look forward to summer vacation. There's nothing better than the opportunity to get away from your day-to-day life, all with the idea of having fun with the people you love.

However, things can get sticky in regards to child custody. While you want to take your child on vacation, your ex-spouse may have the same idea. With this in mind, you need to work out the finer details well in advance. Here are some things to think about:

  • Setup a vacation schedule with the other parent as soon as possible (and be sure to share all the necessary details, such as how long you'll be gone)
  • Review your parenting agreement to ensure that you aren't violating it in any way
  • Exchange custody in a safe place, and talk about any lingering details at that point
  • Let your children communicate with the other parent while they're on vacation

In a perfect world, you'd never have to think about these things when planning a summer vacation with your children. Unfortunately, you know that this could come into play as you plan your trip.

The most important thing you can do is keep an open line of communication. When you do this, you don't have nearly as much to worry about. Instead, you can rest assured that you, your children and the other parent are all on the same page from start to finish.

If you run into any issues, such as your ex-spouse violating the parenting agreement, it's time to learn more about your legal rights.

Source: FindLaw, "Top 5 Tips for Child Custody and Summer Vacation," Brett Snider, accessed April 26, 2018

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