One of the most challenging parts of divorcing as a parent is negotiating
with your spouse about how you will both handle custody during extended
vacations and holidays. For example, if both parents work during the summer,
will you both send your child to summer school, summer camp, or daycare?
If one parent has the season off as well, would that parent be able to
take full custody during that time?
Typically, during a divorce, parents will be forced to establish a parenting
plan before seeing a judge about child custody. This plan creates regular
visitation or custody schedules. Likewise, it will cover important periods
that might come up in discussion after the divorce is over.
If you split summer break into two halves, both parents can plan vacations
with their kids around the half of the season they have
custody. For example, parent A will have custody during the first half of the
summer, so parent A will schedule all flights and time off during that
time; parent B will do the same, but during the second half of the summer.
Parenting plans can also cover holidays such as Mother’s Day, Christmas,
New Year’s, or Memorial Day. Any holiday your family finds important,
you should make sure to schedule a time for it in the parenting plan.
If you or the other parent needs to make a change for some reason, the
change should be discussed between the two parents. If one parent doesn’t
mind the change, or you can compromise by making a change agreeable to
the other parent, you don’t need to involve the court. However,
if one parent doesn’t agree to the change, you can ask the court
for a modification.
Modifications to child custody are usually made if a substantial change has happened
in the lives of one of the people concerned in the divorce. For example,
if a parent changes jobs and has much more free time to spend with his
or her child, a judge may find it is preferable for the child to spend
more time with that parent rather than be sent to daycare until the other
parent can pick the kid up.
If you need help making a modification to your child custody order, don’t
hesitate to give our skilled
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