Summer is right around the corner. That means that in a matter of weeks, kids across Florida will be out of school and looking for ways to spend their summer vacation.
Whether this realization instills a feeling of excitement or stress in you as a parent, it can serve as a good opportunity to make sure you have your ducks in a row if you share custody of your kids. Below are a few things you can do now to ensure your summer is not ruined by confusion and custody battles.
- Review the summer vacation schedules. When you created your parenting plan, there should have been a section where you specified how custody would work in the summer. Review that point and familiarize yourself with any changes that could be coming.
- Make sure you have childcare in place. If you work, chances are that you won't enjoy the same summer vacation schedule as your kids. Because of this, you should make sure you have childcare established. This could involve day care, nannies or other caregivers that will supervise your kids when you cannot.
- Discuss any added expenses with your ex. Summer time can mean camp, sports and other extracurricular activities. Again, your parenting plan should provide critical guidance in terms of how parents will pay for these things, but make sure you talk about any unexpected expenses with the other parent.
Summer should be a time of fun and relaxation for kids and their parents. However, it can become very stressful if parents share custody and do not prepare for the custody and parenting time changes that may be around the corner.
Taking this time to review the plans can allow you to resolve and problems before they arise. If you have questions or concerns that your parenting plan does not address, you can reach out to your attorney. With adequate review and preparation, you can make the coming months more enjoyable for everyone.