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Summer Vacation & Timesharing Dilemmas


With summer here, American families are gearing up to take family vacations across the country. In fact, statistics suggest that nearly 35 percent of all Americans will go on a vacation this summer. While sure to be a good time, we all know that family vacations seldom go without a hitch. This holds even more true for parents who are in a co-parenting situation and are planning on taking their children for a summer getaway. During this time, parents who do not typically have custody of their children get time to spend with their children and strengthen their relationships. It is critical that anyone in a co-parenting situation adequately plans their summer vacation prior to leaving with the kids.

Start Planning

Now is the time to start planning any summer travel adventure you may foresee. Waiting until the last minute is never a good idea even if you have a good grasp on the timeframe in which you will have your kids. Notify your ex-spouse of your intentions to travel with your children and ensure that your plans do not conflict with their plans or their scheduled time with the children. Once you have done this it is wise to review your parenting agreement and make sure that there are not any travel restrictions in place. Certain custody agreements restrict the location and distance they are allowed to take the children. If your agreement has restrictions in place, it is likely that you will need to gain approval from the other parent and possibly the court to allow for the travel.

Additional Considerations

In addition to planning in advance for summer travels, an additional consideration that single parents will need to make during the summer months is child care plans. While the kids are out of school it is likely that your day-to-day work life will not change. Thus, it is likely that you will need to arrange plans for who will take care of your children while you are away. This may be hiring a babysitter for the summer, or scheduling day camps that your children can attend while you are at work.

Communicate, Communicate!

When in doubt, your best option is to be open and communicate with your ex-spouse. Being forthcoming about your summer plans and child care needs will go a long way in avoiding any potential dilemma before they arise. While not always the easiest, it will always be in your best interest to communicate with your ex-spouse about the children.

Let Us Help You with Your Case

If you are going through a divorce or are in need of legal advice pertaining to your child custody situation, it is wise that you seek the advice of a family law attorney. Your attorney will be able to answer any question you may have, and provide you with the knowledge you need to ensure you are acting within the law. If you are in need of assistance contact the Fort Lauderdale office of attorney Sandra Bonfiglio. Attorney Bonfiglio is an experienced family law attorney with the experience to answer any question you may have. To schedule a free consultation call 954-945-7591.



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