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Tips for navigating summer co-parenting time your children

On Behalf of | Apr 18, 2024 | family law

The summer months are wonderful times for outdoor activities and doing things with children. However, for parents who are divorced, summertime can also inspire some unexpected and rather challenging decision-making needs.

There are a few ways that parents can work to more effectively handle the challenges that tend to come up during the summer months. Considering the following tips may help you if you’re in this position.

Set parenting time based on work schedules

If you and your ex don’t work the same hours, it might be possible to tailor the parenting time schedule so the children get to spend time with each parent when that parent is off work.

Schedule vacations as early as possible

Many parenting plans allow vacation plans to trump the regular parenting time schedule. Planning the vacation as early as possible gives you time to finetune the plans and discuss them with your ex to ensure there aren’t any conflicts.

Encourage the children to remain active

Spending time doing things with friends or participating in camps can help children to remain social and active during the summer months. If these will overlap with the other parent’s time with the children, be sure to include them in the planning to ensure they agree with the plans.

Ultimately, both parents should be willing to do what’s best for their children. If there are issues with your parenting plan or the parenting time schedule, addressing those problems as soon as possible is critical. Having someone on your side who can help you determine the options you have and get the matter moving forward may be beneficial.