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Don’t let child custody get in the way of your summer trip

Are you in the process of planning a summer trip for you and your child? Are you worried that doing so could lead to a child custody dispute? Do you know which steps you can take to prevent trouble, both now and in the future?

There is nothing more exciting than taking a summer vacation with your child or children. However, if you're divorced and have a parenting agreement in place, you'll want to learn more about what you can and can't do in regard to planning your trip.

There is no denying the fact that a parenting agreement and summer vacation can lead to trouble. Furthermore, if you don't take the right approach, it's possible that you may have to cancel your trip altogether, and that's not something you want.

Here are a few tips you can follow if you have concerns about child custody getting in the way of your summer trip:

  • Create a vacation schedule well in advance. For example, if you discuss this when creating your parenting agreement, you'll always know what you can do in regard to taking vacations with your child. Since the court has approved, both you and the other parent will be on the same page.
  • Talk it out. It's never a good idea to plan a summer trip without first discussing it with the other parent. This may not be something you want to do, but it goes a long way in avoiding last minute trouble. Loop the other parent in during the planning phase, to ensure that he or she knows the finer details of your trip.
  • Try mediation. You may need to go this route if nothing else works. With the help of a mediator, you can work through your differences with respect to child custody and summer vacation.

If you have concerns about child custody getting in the way of your summer trip, the best thing you can do is learn more about your legal rights. When you do this, while also keeping the other parent informed, it's much easier to avoid unnecessary stress and setbacks.

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