Even if you have gotten the hang of co-parenting, it is important to recognize that things can change a bit in the summer. Your kids are out of school, which generally means that you will need to do some tinkering with your co-parenting schedule to keep things moving smoothly. Fortunately, there are some useful tips to help you make this important transition, and if your parenting plan needs modifying, working closely with an experienced California child custody attorney is always in your best interest.
The only way for your co-parenting plans to keep up with the curveballs your summer schedule is likely to throw your way is by doing what it takes to keep the lines of communication open with your ex. With your children’s relaxed summer schedule and your own vacation time, you may have considerably more scheduling flexibility. It is important, however, to coordinate your plans with those of your children’s other parent – in order to make this summer the best it can be for all of you.
Communication with your ex is key, but it is also important to keep the lines of communication open between you and your kids. By allowing them to have a say in their summer schedules, you set the stage for a more relaxed and satisfying school break.
Once you begin firming up your summer plans, don’t forget to share the basic information with your ex, including:
By providing your ex with clear travel plans, you demonstrate that you are committed to working together in your efforts to support a smooth co-parenting experience throughout the summer, which can bolster your efforts.
While your children’s schedules are more relaxed during the summer, your own may not be. This makes coordinating with your ex important, but it is also important to encourage your children to enjoy their time with their other parent. Divorce can be especially hard on children, and some are concerned about being disloyal to one parent or the other. By supporting your children’s ongoing relationship with their other parent, you provide the emotional support they may need to continue moving forward.
The best way to help ensure that you all get the most out of summer break is by remaining flexible. The more open you are to changes in scheduling that are in the best interest of your children, the better the chance that your ex will follow suit – which benefits everyone involved.
If you are facing a concern related to parenting time, the practiced California child custody attorneys at Miranda, Magden & Miranda, LLP, in Monterey understand the gravity of the matter and are well prepared to help. Contact us today for more information about what we can do for you.
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