Summer vacation can be just as exciting for you as a parent as it is for your children. For many, summer means more time to go on vacation or travel without worrying about missing school.
When you share custody of your children, your custody agreement may include limitations on what each parent can do while it is their turn with the kids.
Here’s what you should look for in your custody agreement if you plan to travel this summer.
Notification and permission
All child custody agreements are different. While some may allow for any travel, others may include limitations if you want to travel outside the state. You may also see restrictions on dates or timeframes.
In many cases, making changes will come down to planning and notification with your ex. You may also need specific consent from them for your travel plans or a modification to your agreement, so it is best not to book anything until you can agree on what will work for everyone.
Discussing your summer plans
Creating your summer plans with your children will be different now that you have a child custody plan in place. It will take significantly more communication and planning with your ex before you can make concrete arrangements.
You should consider waiting to talk to your children about your plans until you establish an agreement with your ex. If you need to adjust your plans or wait until another summer, you do not want your children to feel like they are in the middle of a conflict.
Keep in mind that your custody agreement is meant to support you, your ex, your children and your relationships with each other. You may need to talk to a skilled professional if you need to make changes.