Most kids, even those who enjoy spending time with their friends and like their teacher, look forward to summer vacation through the whole school year. Summer vacation is synonymous with excitement, freedom and fun for the average child.
As a parent, you obviously want to take part in that summertime joy with your children. Vacations and other special family bonding opportunities are easier to arrange when the weather is good and you don’t have to worry about any school obligations.
During a divorce, parents have to figure out a way to share custody of their kids effectively. Carefully planning for summer vacation can help each parent feel included in the lives of the children and limit conflict between the parents.
How do you split up custody during the school year?
The first thing you have to think about when deciding the best approach to splitting up summer vacation is how you split parenting time during the school year. For situations that involve parents living far apart or one parent with a demanding career, there may be limited visitation or parenting time during the school year.
Some parents have no overnight stays with their children during the academic year. For these families, it’s possible to make up for that lost parenting time by letting one parent take the majority of the summer. The other parent may have a few parenting days, or they may go weeks without seeing their children in person. For most other families, splitting the summer up will be the best approach.
What are some of the ways to divide parenting time in the summer?
You might use a slightly extended version of the parenting plan you currently have during the summer. Instead of alternating custody every three to four days, you might switch off every other week or every two weeks. You could also decide to split the summer in half, with each parent receiving a large chunk of parenting time.
In addition to talking about how you split the time, you and your ex will want to look at rules for vacation, including limits on how far they travel, or how long someone can stay out of the state or the country with the children. Addressing these issues now will set you up for greater success while sharing custody later.