Child Custody During Summer Vacation

Once the kids are out of school for the summer, fighting with your spouse about where and when you take your children on vacation over the summer is sure to occur.  Here are some tips to be certain your plans for vacation don’t get ruined.

  1. Plan a vacation schedule.  Meet with your ex-spouse to talk about your vacation schedules.  This makes it possible for each person to declare their plans and gives the other a chance to voice concerns.  Once you have made a plan, don’t waiver from it.
  2. Use open communication.  If your vacation plans do change, be sure to let the other parent know as soon as possible.  If you do not keep your ex-spouse up-to-date with your plans—such as where, how long, and how you can be reached—be prepared for them to bring in legal action against you.
  3. Consider mediation.  One way you can agree on summer vacations is to mediate your differences in front of a neutral decision-maker.  They are there to help you and your ex come to an agreement.
  4. Set a court date.  Another option you can choose is to go to court.  This will designate the amount of vacation time each parent is allowed and the amount of notice each parent must give the other before they can leave.

If you or someone you know is involved in a custody case, it would be very helpful to seek the advice of an experienced Mesa AZ child custody attorney.  For more information about child custody, or to schedule a family law consultation with Mesa, AZ child custody attorney Timothy Durkin over the phone, call (480) 464-1111.

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