Summer is a time for relaxation, fun, and adventure. But for children whose parents are divorced, summer can be a time of stress, uncertainty, and confusion. As a family law attorney, I have seen firsthand the challenges that summer visitation can present for divorced parents and their children. In this blog post, I will discuss what you need to know about summer visitation and provide some tips for making the most of this important time.
What is Summer Visitation?
Summer visitation is a period of time during which a non-custodial parent typically has extended visitation with the children. This is often one-half of summer break from school, but this can vary depending on the specific terms of the court order.
Why is Summer Visitation Important?
Summer visitation is an important time for children of divorced parents because it allows them to spend extended periods of time with each parent. This can help maintain and strengthen the bond between a child and both parents, which is essential for healthy development. Additionally, summer visitation can provide children with new experiences and opportunities that they may not have had otherwise.
Tips for Making the Most of Summer Visitation
- Plan Ahead
Summer visitation can be a busy time, so it is important to plan ahead. Work with your former spouse to create a schedule that works for everyone involved. Make sure to include any planned vacations or activities, and be sure to communicate any changes to the schedule as soon as possible. In the event of a disagreement about where the child should be, follow any schedule specified in your court order.
- Be Flexible
While it is important to have a plan in place, it is also important to be flexible. Unexpected events or changes in circumstances may require adjustments to the visitation schedule. Be willing to work with former spouse to find a solution that works for everyone.
- Focus on Quality Time
Summer is an opportunity to spend quality time with your children. Focus on creating meaningful experiences that your children will remember for years to come. This could include taking a family vacation, exploring new places, or trying new activities together.
- Keep the Lines of Communication Open
Communication is key when it comes to summer visitation. Make sure to keep the lines of communication open with your former spouse to ensure that that everyone is on the same page. It is also important to facilitate communication between your children and your former spouse during your time with the children. A strong relationship with both parents is important for your children’s wellbeing, regardless of how you and your former spouse feel about each other.
- Follow the Rules
It is important to follow the rules of the custody agreement during summer visitation. This includes adhering to the visitation schedule (unless there is a mutual agreement to deviate), following any restrictions on travel or activities, and keeping your former spouse informed about your plans.
- Seek Legal Advice if Necessary
If you are having difficulty navigating summer visitation or if you have concerns about your custody agreement, it is important to seek legal advice. An experienced family law attorney can help you understand your rights, responsibilities, options, and can provide guidance on how to best navigate difficult situations.
Summer visitation can be a challenging time for children of divorced parents, but it is also an important opportunity to maintain and strengthen relationships with both parents. By planning ahead, being flexible, focusing on quality time, keeping the lines of communication open, following the rules, and seeking legal advice if necessary, divorce parents can help ensure that summer visitation is a positive experience for everyone involved.
Rebekah L. Graham, Esq.
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