Top Ways To Schedule Vacations With Kids After Divorce
Like holiday schedules, planning for vacations with children after separation/divorce can be a daunting task. Not only do parties have to consider where to vacation, they have to consider what their children may want to do and also be reasonable with the other parent who will want to take their own vacation with the children on another occasion. Here are some things to keep in mind when scheduling a vacation:
- Each parent should give the other parent as much advanced notice as possible of any vacation plans. Give written notice and include your destination, dates, and phone numbers of where you and your child can be reached at all times.
- Allow your children to call the other parent whenever they wish. This will help with their sense of continuity and security when they are further away from the other parent than normal.
- If the child is in town during a lengthy vacation time, be flexible by allowing the other parent weekend or mid-week contact with them.
- Keep your child’s extracurricular activities in mind when planning vacations.
- Keep your child’s age in mind. Adolescents or teenagers might want to have a say in their vacation time and may want to make plans with friends or schedule their own activities.
- Both parents must have the child’s school and extracurricular activity schedules available to make plans accordingly. Some parents simply continue the normal schedules during the child’s vacation, while others plan a different schedule that will work better for the child during their vacations.
In addition, there are ways to share the children’s school vacation time, as such:
- While the child is off-track, parents can alternate weeks of custodial responsibility with the exchange occurring the same night every week.
- While the child is on summer vacation, the parents reverse the custodial plan so that the child resides primarily in the home of the parent they had less time with during the school year.
- For the majority of the child’s summer vacation the normal routine is followed, except the parents agree on a set period of uninterrupted time with the child so that they can each take a vacation with the child.
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