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6 things fathers should do before summer

Even though spring isn't here yet, fathers who have child custody orders for their children should start making plans for the summer months now. This helps avoid the stress of having to make last minute plans that might not be the ideal solution to issues.

#1: Check the child custody schedule

The child custody schedule gives you the plan for the summer months. Pay attention to the times on the schedule, especially if you are making travel plans for the day you will pick up or drop off your child. It might help to highlight the days your child will be with you on a calendar so you have an easy reference point when you make plans.

#2: Plan for childcare when your children are at your house

Your children will likely need supervision while they are at your home for the summer. Hiring a babysitter or finding a daycare that works with your custody schedule can ensure your children are cared for. Making these plans early can help avoid having to go with a less desirable option.

#3: Start making vacation plans early

Start making plans for summer trips now if you plan to take any. Some vacation travel might not be as flexible as what you need. There is a chance that you might have to try to work with your ex-wife to get some of your travel plans to be successful.

#4: Communicate nicely with your ex-wife

As you plan for the summer, communicate nicely with your ex-wife. This is especially important if you or she needs to make any temporary changes to the summer custody schedule. As you communicate with her, remember that enabling your children to make lasting memories is the goal of the summer vacation.

#5: Negotiate summer plans

The summer months might end up being one long negotiation. Think about what is best for your child as you negotiate. Work with your ex-wife so that she can have the children when she is off work and you can have them when you are off work. This gives you and her time to enjoy the children without having to rush off to work.

#6: Plan for your child to contact your ex-wife

Make plans ahead of time for your child to communicate with your ex-wife. Use phone calls, video chats and other methods of communication so your children can let her know about all the fun things they are experiencing.

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