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Managing summer vacation and your child custody order

On Behalf of | May 7, 2024 | Family Law

With summer break fast approaching, parents in Indiana are busy planning vacations and activities to keep their children busy. With the cost of travel today, dates and times can make a huge difference when it comes to saving money.

For some parents, work and other obligations may cause some constraints; however, for divorced and separated parents, a child custody order could stand in the way of their vacation plans. It is important to understand what your current order says about summer break and what options you have when it comes to making adjustment.

Create a schedule

While the custody order has a set schedule for the children, the order may also provide flexibility during summer vacation. Thus, it is important to outline the start and end date of summer break and any set obligations with camps, summer school, sports or religion. Next, it is important to establish how this time is shared.

While it may be similar to the school year, summer break often provides additional time. Thus, it is important to establish a schedule that identifies which parent has the child and when. Creating a schedule ahead of time can allow for some flexibility, such as switching weekends or weeks.

Finding a resolution

No matter your status with the other parent, issues can always arise, and fights could result. Thus, it is important to understand your mechanisms to reach a resolution. In some cases, you might be able to talk through things and reach an amicable resolution. Other times, mediation may be beneficial when it comes to arriving at a timely and agreeable resolution. And in the situation where you cannot communicate or work with the other parent to find a resolve, it might be necessary to litigate the matter in court.

Child custody matters can quickly get complicated and emotional. Therefore, it is important to understand what your rights are when moving forward with the matter. A legal professional can help with any concern or question you have, ensuring you are aware of you rights and options.

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