Planning Summer Vacation While Co-Parenting in Massachusetts

School is almost out of session, and you are likely making plans for summer vacation. This can be a difficult process if you share custody, as you will have to ensure that you and your child’s other parent do not have any scheduling conflicts. One of the most important things to do is be communicative. Read on to learn more about important tips when it comes to planning for summer vacations:

Planning a Vacation While Co-Parenting:

When it comes to planning a vacation, it is important to take the following steps:

Check your final judgment of divorce and any agreements and court orders

Before making any plans, it is important to check that your selected vacation time is not designated as a holiday or otherwise reserved for the other parent. If it is, you will need the other parent’s consent, in writing, to take the time.

Provide the other parent with ample notice and information

Be sure to notify your co-parent of your selected vacation time in advance. Planning ahead will ensure no scheduling conflicts. You should also provide the other parent with flight and travel information and a manner in which the children can get in contact with the other parent. Additionally, you should allow your children to call the other parent while on vacation. Hopefully, the other parent will extend you the same courtesy when they take the kids on vacation. A quick call to the other parent oftentimes helps the children relax and enjoy as well.

Update your documents

Ensure that the children’s passports are up to date and that you have any required parental consent forms that may be required by the airport completed by the other parent. If the other parent is the regular holder of the passports, retrieve them well in advance.

If you have any questions or concerns about planning for vacation while co-parenting, contact our firm. Our team of experienced attorneys is here to help.

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