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Tips for handling summer vacations when you share custody

If you live in Denver and share custody of your children, you know firsthand what it is like to work out a parenting schedule that affords both you and your ex quality time with the children. This can sometimes be stressful as everyone’s calendars do no always align. Even divorced parents like to take vacations with their children and most people choose do this in the summer so as not to interfere with school. However, it can be difficult to plan a trip when you only have partial custody. At Frost & Beck, P.C., we understand how important your time with your children is when you are not in your care full-time.

One of the most important things, according to USA Today, is to make sure that your vacation does not affect the other parent’s time with the children. If for some reason the timing of the trip is unavoidable and must be taken during a specific timeframe, care should be given that your ex receive time to make up for the time that will be missed. Vacations should also be planned as far in advance as possible so that if there any scheduling adjustments to be made, there will be ample time to work out any problems.

Depending on your custody order or parenting plan, there may also be restrictions as to where you are allowed to travel. If your trip is going to take you out of the country or out of the state of Colorado, you may need written permission from your ex.

In the event that an agreement cannot be reached, the court may become involved. If the court is required to intervene, it will likely consider what is the best interest of the children, as well as what is fair for both parents. For information on issues involving shared parenting, please visit our web page.

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