The school year is coming to a close. This means that parents all across the country need to take steps to make sure that their children are taken care of for these months without school.
Parents who are divorced face some interesting challenges for the summer months. One of the reasons that can make this a difficult period is because the child might spend part of the summer with one parent and the rest of it with the other parent. Here are some issues this can cause:
When you only need childcare periodically during the summer, it can be difficult to find somewhere that can accommodate this. One option if you live near your ex is that you and your ex can work together to find a mutually agreeable sitter or daycare for the child and simply let whatever parent has the child at the time pay for the associated fees. A private sitter or family members might also be able to watch the children. Of course, this isn't really an issue if your children are old enough and responsible enough to remain home by themselves.
Making summer plans
Planning a vacation means that you have to figure out when you will have your children, when you can take off of work, and when you can find transportation and accommodations for a summer vacation. The logistics of this might be difficult, but it might be easier if you and your ex work together so each of you can take a vacation with your children. You also need to find out if you need to let the court know about your travel plans. You may also need to let your ex know your exact travel plans, so review the child custody agreement as soon as you can to find out what you need to do.
Communicating with your ex
Throughout the process of planning your vacation and during the summer, you will need to communicate with your ex about what is going on. Remember that if you and your ex can work amicably together, you can often make plans that will make the summer memorable for the children. While your children are with you, make arrangements for your children to speak to their other parent. While this might not be required, it will probably make the children happy to get to share their experiences with both of their parents. A phone call or video chat can accomplish this quickly and easily.
Source: Nov. 30, -0001