A lot of people travel over the holidays to see friends and family they typically don't get to see on a regular basis. In fact, dozens of people across Maryland are booking flights or making travel arrangements right now as you sit here reading this post.
Unfortunately, if these travelers are divorced or separated parents, their travel plans may be constricted by a visitation schedule. For some parents, they might have to contend with an incredibly strict visitation schedule and a less-than-flexible ex-spouse. It's in these situations that issues can arise – issues that can be avoided if ex-partners are willing to work things out.
This week is the perfect time for our Maryland readers to review the visitation schedule with their child's other parent. Not only will this refresh each parent's memory about the holiday sharing schedule they established so long ago, but it also gives ex-spouses an opportunity to talk to one another about desires for travelling with the children this holiday season.
If waters between ex's are particularly calm, an agreement may be possible that allows ex-spouses to trade days instead of following the strict visitation schedule. If both parties are flexible and make compromises that both parties can agree on, then divorce and separated parents can say that they are truly acting in their children's best interest.
It's important to point out at this moment that not all ex-spouses will be able to come to an amicable agreement when it comes to altering the terms of an existing visitation schedule. Some ex-spouses may need the help of an attorney or even a modification order from a judge. In any case, talking to a lawyer about making changes to an existing visitation agreement is a good idea, especially if you want to make sure the changes you make are in accordance with the law.