15 Oct Child Custody: How to Avoid Complications with Vacation Planning
For most children in the United States, there are several long breaks from school, including spring, winter and summer breaks. Parents often plan vacations during these times. While your kids may be on a break from school, your child custody arrangement is still in place.
Unfortunately for parents who share custody, vacation planning can become complicated when having to deal with issues that often arise when making arrangements with your child’s other parent.
Fortunately, there are ways to avoid conflicts when dealing with child custody regarding vacations, and an attorney can be of tremendous assistance in achieving this goal. Below are some of the things you can do to make sure you and your children’s vacation plans go as smoothly as possible.
Create a Plan
School breaks are the perfect time to finally take your kids to the beach, visit out of state family, or check out a new theme park. Unfortunately, if you do not take the time to discuss your plans with your child’s other parent, you may find yourself explaining your actions to a judge. An attorney can establish a vacation schedule, approved by your child’s other parent, and then submit it to the court. This can ensure that you will not be later accused of interfering with your child custody order.
Check your Child Custody Agreement for Geographical Limitations
Some child custody agreements place limits on where a parent may take his or her children. If you are planning on taking a vacation that involves travel, you may need to seek a modification of your child custody agreement. This can be a complicated legal process, so it is best to pursue modifications with the assistance of a family law attorney.
Give the other Parent Advanced Notice
Informing your child’s other parent that you intend on taking them on a two-week vacation only a few days in advance is a recipe for disaster, especially if your relationship is already strained.
His or her knee-jerk reaction may be to do everything possible to stop you and, in some cases, these efforts may be successful. By giving your child’s mother or father an adequate “heads-up” on your plans, it can give the parties time to digest, plan, and negotiate, if necessary.
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Child custody disputes can be complicated, making the need for legal representation paramount.
An experienced family law attorney will guide you through the process and help you reach an agreement that is the most beneficial for your child.