Parenting Plan Tip: Don’t forget to specify the summer parenting plan and schedule!
Although kids may be rocking out to “school’s out for summer!” – often parents are not. Determining a schedule for children during summer vacation and break from school can be stressful, especially for divorced or separated parents. Issues with coordinating summer vacation can be compounded when there are long-distance relatives, travel schedules, competing camps, and childcare issues are involved. These issues can be challenging even for separated parents with good co-parenting relationships.
To prevent some of the stress involved with planning summer vacation, it is crucial to have a specific written plan. Children need to feel secure and be placed in a stable environment. Establishing parenting time for summer vacation will reduce anxiety for both the parents and children. Older children, especially, benefit from a clear schedule known well in advance of the summer, especially if the plan incorporates how the children wish to spend their time. Children should have the opportunity to spend this special time with each parent and their extended families, in addition to participating in programs and activities available to them during the summer, such as camps or sports clinics.
Here are some tips:
Often, high-conflict divorces and separations reach the boiling point when school break and holiday schedules are discussed. Although it’s never too late to draft a firm parenting plan, there is tremendous benefit to starting the discussion early to ensure that a good parenting plan is in place before other arrangements are made. When deciding how to spend time off with your kids, be specific and put their needs first.
Published by Leslie Satterlee:
Leslie Satterlee is a 3rd generation attorney who practices family law in Phoenix. Leslie is the former chair of the Maricopa County Bar Association Family Law Section, she has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star, and she is a mother of two/T-Ball Coach.