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Determining custody during summer vacations

Summer represents a departure from the daily routine. Yet, for divorced couples, the three months of sun can be anything but fun. Battles over the three-month break can become as heated as the temperature outdoors.

Child custody over the summer does not have to be a point of contention. By taking common sense, cooperative steps, co-parents can hopefully minimize disputes and enjoy equal amounts of quality time with their children not burdened by busy school schedules.

Planning

Well before the start of summer vacation, you and your former spouse should collaborate on a vacation schedule. Keep the discussion open-ended so everyone involved can voice wants and desires and have any concerns addressed. Once you find common ground, secure court approval to make it legally binding. Equally as important, stick to the plan.

Mediation

If you and your spouse cannot come to an agreement on summertime custody, you may need the help of a skilled mediator. That neutral decision-maker can help facilitate discussions and negotiations, particularly if you and your former spouse have a volatile relationship.

Litigation

While help from the courts should be a last resort when you can't agree to summer custody, the more formal proceeding can also be a valuable one. Agreements can detail the amount of vacation time each parent has, the notice each parent must give, and possible limitations to travel locations and distance. Again, adhering to court-ordered summer custody is paramount.

Communication

Even the best-laid plans cannot account for unexpected events. Again, proactively contacting your former spouse can minimize disruptions caused by last-minute problems. Failing to provide reasonable notice, failing to comply with the court ordered notice period or not having a compelling reason for altering summer custody could lead to legal action in court.

When a change in season requires a change in custody agreements, contact the attorneys at VanAntwerp Attorneys, LLP, by calling 606-618-0698.

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