Trying to plan a summer family vacation can be hectic and stressful. Complicating matters for divorced parents are issues related to child custodyagreements and parenting time. When trying to plan a family summer get-away, it’s important that divorced parents openly communicate and that both parties are well-informed of the other’s plans.

Parents who are able to do so, should plan their summer vacations well in advance and alert their ex-spouse of their plans as far in advance as possible. Providing ample notice and details of a planned vacation allows both parents time to sort out any scheduling matters as well as voice concerns and discuss points of conflict.

Once agreed upon, it’s best to stick to any already agreed upon terms. If for example, a parent has locked in specific dates and it’s been discussed and agreed that they are taking the children to Disney World, it’s best to stick to these plans. Deciding at the last minute to take the children to Mexico instead may not go over well with the other parent and could be a potential source of conflict.

If conflicts arise and parents aren’t able to come to a resolution on their own, it may be a good idea to turn to a mediator. A mediator is a neutral third-party who can help parents negotiate vacation terms and come to a resolution that’s agreeable for both parties. Additionally, a child custody attorney can also help parents settle custody disputes.

When parents find themselves at odds and unable to solve their differences, it may be time to get the courts involved and turn to a family law attorney specializing in divorce and child custody matters. The court can rule in custody matters related to how much vacation time each parent is allowed as well as how much notice each parent must provide.

Source: The Huffington Post, “Summer Vacation And Child Custody Agreements,” Liz Mandarano, July 20, 2012