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How can you reduce custody conflicts in the summer?

Summer vacation is here, which is great for families who share custody of their children. Summer means children have more free time, and in most cases, their schedules are easier to manage. Summer can also mean having additional custody conflicts, though, which is why it's important to set up a summer vacation visitation schedule as soon as you can.

You should set up a vacation schedule that identifies when your children will be off school and where they should be each day of the week. Account for things such as road trips or vacations if you already know the dates. Create a schedule that is in writing, so you can turn to it for any questions regarding your child's schedule in the summer.

When you create a summer schedule, you still need to abide by the custody agreement set by the court. For instance, if your custody agreement states that you can't take your kids out of the state, then you still won't be able to do so legally without approval from the court. It's possible to have your ex-spouse stipulate a modification allowing travel out of state if you want to take your kids on vacation.

If there are things that come up, as they tend to do, it's important to talk to your ex-spouse as soon as possible about the changes. Even if it's only a 24-hour notice, some notice is better than not showing up for visitation or failing to bring your child to a spot where you planned to meet up. Failing to give enough notice could also violate your court order, so it's important to speak with the other parent if anything comes up.

Source: FindLaw, "Top 5 Tips for Child Custody and Summer Vacation," Brett Snider, Esq., accessed July 05, 2017

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