Although summer vacation is a carefree time for children, it can bring up stressful conflicts for parents, especially those who are recently divorced. When you are in the process of a divorce or recently divorced, navigating summer vacation on a new schedule can feel complicated and overwhelming. Careful advance planning can help avoid stressful last-minute decisions and conflicts over your children’s summer vacation.
When you start to go through the divorce process, a big component will be how to divide time with your children. Child custody is frequently the number one issue that causes conflict with divorcing couples. An experienced family law attorney can help guide you through the process of figuring out a fair schedule that works for your children and you and your ex. Often a parent who has primary custody of the children throughout the year will schedule vacations and summer break without the other parent’s input. If these issues are worked out and included in a parenting plan in advance, it prevents conflict when school lets out.
Once you have agreed on how to plan out summer vacation for your children, it is important to stay consistent with these plans. Children of divorcing parents need as much continuity and consistency as possible. To keep them feeling secure and confident, stick to the schedule and continue any summer plans that are traditional for your family. For example, if your children usually go to sleep away summer camp for four weeks, don’t change these plans even if your situation has changed, whenever possible. Show your children that you are still reliable and consistent, even though you and your ex have divorced.
At the Law Offices of Piazza, Simmons & Grant, LLC our attorneys are experienced in all aspects of family law and can help you plan out parenting time issues in advance, so they don’t derail your children’s summer vacation. We help spouses going through divorce figure out the best course of action, while keeping their children top priority. Call us today at 203-348-2465 or contact us online to set up an initial consultation to review the details of your divorce.