Almost every child looks forward to spring break each year and parents may be equally excited to take their kids on a vacation to see new places and experience new things. However, if you are getting divorced or are in the midst of a custody battle, things like spring break vacations may all of a sudden seem uncertain.
In many cases, both parents wish to take their kids on a vacation during their time off school. Obviously, it is not possible for a child to be in two different places at once, so the parents will have to compromise in some way. To avoid conflicts every time a child has a holiday break, Connecticut family courts will generally require parents to settle an arrangement for sharing holidays as part of their parenting plan. Such an agreement will likely be necessary to resolve and finalize a divorce or custody case.
In addition to being a regular requirement, having a predetermined vacation-sharing schedule can make things significantly easier in the future for co-parenting purposes. If you do not have such an agreement in place, you may have to head back to court to resolve disputes regarding time-sharing in the future.
While it can be difficult to give up your right to custody over certain holidays or breaks, it is important to realize you need a mutually agreeable arrangement that is also in the best interests of your child. Often, this involves one parent taking the child for spring break in odd years and the other in even years. Your attorney can help you negotiate with your spouse and may even suggest engaging in mediation or other dispute resolution methods to resolve these issues in a favorable and efficient manner.
If you find that the vacation schedule is simply not working in the future, it may be possible to seek a modification of the parenting plan and you should discuss this with a skilled child custody attorney.
At the Law Offices of Piazza, Simmons & Grant, L.L.C. in Stamford, CT, we know how important quality time with your children is to you. We work to protect your rights while helping to resolve your divorce or custody case as efficiently as possible. Please call our child custody lawyers at 203-348-2465 to discuss how we can help in your case.