Most people look forward to summer because that is when they take their annual vacations. If you're planning a big trip in the near future, you probably have made a lot of plans. This is particularly true if you're divorced and want to take your child with you.
With a parenting agreement in place, you should have a clear idea of what you can and can't do in regards to vacationing with your child. Even so, you may need some further guidance.
Here are several tips that can help:
- Share your vacation schedule as soon as possible. Once you chat about your trip with your ex-spouse, set a schedule and stick with it. This will ensure that all parties are on the same page about the proposed trip, which can reduce the risk of trouble leading up to your departure date.
- Review your child custody agreement. If you don't do this, there's always a chance you could make a mistake that gets you in trouble. An example of this would be taking your child out of the country or even the state when the custody order prohibits it.
- Keep an open line of communication. Your child may be excited about the upcoming trip, but concerned that they won't be able to communicate with their other parent. You should make it easy for your child to stay in touch with his or her other parent by encouraging him or her to make regular phone calls.
- Exchange custody in a safe place. It is hoped that you and your ex have a civil relationship and can negotiate custody transfer between the two of you. Failing that, both you and the other party should feel secure when exchanging the kids.
You should never assume that you are unable to take a summer vacation with your child just because you have gone through a divorce.
If you follow these tips, you'll find it much easier to plan a trip that you and your child will always remember.
In the event that the other parent attempts to stop you from taking a vacation, read through your custody agreement and learn more about your legal rights.