Child Custody and Summer Vacation: Tips To Avoid Trouble
Summer vacation is an opportunity for you and your children to spend quality time together. It's not a time to argue with your ex over details related to custody and visitation.
Since your ex-spouse is likely to put up a fight, it's important to understand the many steps you can take to plan and enjoy every aspect of your summer vacation. Here are some things to do:
Settle on a vacation schedule as soon as possible: The sooner you do this, the sooner you can share it with your ex. This lessens the likelihood of planning a trip that interferes with your ex's plans.
Review your custody agreement: Remember, you can't do whatever you want in regard to summer vacation. Your custody agreement may include conditions that limit what you can do. For example, it may note that you're not permitted to travel outside the state or country with your children.
Talk about the details: You don't have to provide your ex with every detail of your trip, such as how much it costs, but those associated with your children should be shared. For example, let them know when you're leaving, where you're staying and when you're arriving back home.
Don't cut off communication during your trip: If your ex has questions or concerns while you're gone, address them to the best of your ability. Also, make it clear to your children that they're encouraged to stay in touch with their other parent. They can do so via text, phone and email, among other channels.
Compromise: If your vacation schedule is making life difficult on your ex, see if there's a compromise that will make you both happy. It's not something you necessarily want to do, but it's in the best interest of maintaining a healthy relationship.
By following this advice, it's easier to plan a summer vacation with your children. If your ex is trying to stop you, discuss their concerns and see if you can find common ground. You can also learn more about your legal rights in Texas at this time, as you don't want to miss out on quality time with your children.
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