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What Do I Need To Consider About Summer Parenting Time Schedules?

Summer vacation is something that most children look forward to. For parents who are divorced, summer vacation can pose challenges that they might not want to have to deal with. Now is the time for divorced parents in the Dallas area to really start thinking about summer vacation plans since the end of the school year is just around the corner. In fact, the Dallas Independent School District’s final day for students is next week.

What are some special considerations for summer vacation and child custody?

Since children aren’t in school and some people opt to take vacations, those are points that have to be considered before school lets out for the summer. Discussing these details as early as possible can help you to come up with a schedule for the summer months.

What if we can’t decide on a schedule?

If there isn’t a summer schedule set forth in the child custody agreement, mediation might work for you. If you opt to mediate the issue with your ex, you should be prepared to compromise. Of course, this won’t work if you and your ex are hostile toward each other or if you can’t act in a civil manner. As a last resort, you may have to go to court to let the court decide on a summer child custody schedule.

Summer schedules for parenting time, especially when vacations and other plans come into play, can be complicated. Working through those problems can help you and your ex to both have time with your child that can lead to good memories for your child.

Source: Huffington Post, “Summer Vacation And Child Custody Agreements,” Liz Mandarano, accessed May. 25, 2015

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