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Negotiating Child Custody This Summer

For most people, summer vacation is the perfect time to sit back and relax, whether you’re headed out of town or to the local pool. However, for divorced couples, summer months often mean custody problems, arguments, and hectic schedules. To avoid any conflict, and to make this season as enjoyable for you and your kids as possible, try planning out custody before summer begins with these helpful tips.

1. Know Your Schedule

If you have any plans or upcoming trips you’d like to go on over the summer months, note the dates and establish a list. For most people, summer schedules are a bit different from their normal day-to-day routine, so plan it out as best you can so that you know what time and days you would like your child with you. Look at your work schedule, meetings that may require you to work late, trips with friends, family trips you’d like to take with your children, anything that could affect your normal custody agreement.

2. Give Your Co-Parent Notice

As soon as dates come up, it would be courteous of you to make them known to your co-parent. If there is a trip you’d like to go on with your friends, for example, it would be a good idea to see if they can watch your children while you are gone. Or, if you would like your children to join you on a family vacation during days that they would otherwise be with their other parent, bring those days to their attention. See if you can negotiate time and make it work with both of your agendas, and the schedules of your children.

3. Consider Your Children’s Plans

Most children are out of school during summer, so consider what you and your co-parent will want your children to do while out of class. Will one of you be home and able to watch them, or will you need to establish a summer camp routine, daycare, or other solution? If you require some sort of care for your children, look up options that you, and your children, like. Make a list, and provide that list to your co-parent so that both of you can decide the best choice for your children.

Also, consider other activities your children may want to participate in. Are there birthday parties, soccer games, cheer camps, or other activities they want to do? Try to find ways you and your ex can allow for these activities for your child without taking more time from one parent or the other. Also, try to plan any vacations around these events so that your children can attend.

4. Make a Plan

Before the summer begins, it would be ideal if you could plan a coffee meeting with your co-parent so you can both discuss your plans and requirements for the summer. Bring a schedule and list of vacations you want your children to join you on, and be prepared to compromise. Keep an open mind and me courteous, it will make custody negotiations more civil and easier for you, your co-parent, and your children.

If you and your child’s parent are not able to meet in person, or are not capable of speaking civilly, email them with any changes or concerns you would like to address. Be as detailed as you can, and be polite. If necessary, you can provide this email as evidence in court that you attempted to be civil and work out a fair custody agreement for the sake of your child.

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