Custody schedules are often set up in a way that works well during the school year. If you have two children who go to school, for instance, you just need to know which parent is supposed to pick them up and drop them off.
During the summer, everything changes. Children love this time because they have a lot more freedom and they get to take three months off. But for parents, this can really throw a wrench into their plans. Work doesn’t end for those three months and your schedule doesn’t change, so what do you need to do?
Working with your co-parent
You may have already addressed this in your child custody agreement, and the key is to try to work with your co-parent and cooperate. This can be difficult in some situations, especially if that person is unwilling to cooperate with you, but it is best for all involved if you can find a new schedule that will work for the summer months.
Another thing to consider is that you may be interested in traveling during the summer. Maybe you want to take the kids on a vacation or you want to go sightseeing. You can do this when you have custody, but it’s often wise to communicate your plans to your co-parent. This is especially true if you’re interested in taking a vacation that is so long that it would cut into your co-parent’s custody time. When everyone is in the loop, things go much smoother.
If you do need to officially modify your custody schedule, then it is critical that you take the proper legal steps. You never want to violate the court order that has been handed down, so make sure you know how to get everything in place officially.