Going through a divorce is difficult on you, your ex-spouse and your children. Furthermore, even after your divorce is in the past, you could still run into challenges every now and again.
If you're interested in taking a summer vacation with your children, the first thing you should do is review your child custody agreement. This will provide you with a variety of information, such as whether there are restrictions on where you can travel with your children.
From there, here are some additional tips to keep everyone on the same page:
- Set a schedule as soon as possible: Once you have a vacation schedule in place, share it with your ex-spouse and make sure it works for your children. Then, keep this schedule in place, as any changes can disrupt any plans your ex may have.
- Give enough notice: It's not always easy to do, but the more notice you provide the other parent, the less chance there is of trouble. Telling your ex that you're taking your children on vacation next week could lead to an argument. However, telling your ex a few months in advance gives everyone time to plan accordingly.
- Discuss final details when exchanging custody: This isn't a time to argue, so be careful about what you discuss. Stick to the basics, such as when you'll arrive at your destination and when you'll return home.
- Let your children communicate with the other parent: During your vacation, your children may begin to miss their other parent. It's okay to let them communicate, such as via phone or text. In fact, you should suggest that they do so, as it will make for a more enjoyable trip.
If you're fortunate, your ex-spouse won't put up a fight as you plan a summer vacation with your children. Unfortunately, not everyone is this lucky, especially those who have a contentious relationship post-divorce.
Should your ex fight back, such as by telling you that you can't take your children on vacation, review your custody agreement for a better idea of your legal rights. This will give you a leg to stand on as you discuss the situation with the other parent.
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