Summer is here and it may be time to plan a family vacation with your children. However, many separated or divorced couples may face some challenges when it comes to agreeing on a time frame or destination of travel with their former spouse or soon to be ex.
Here are some tips to remember when negotiating with a former spouse:
Always provide a reasonable amount of notice.
If you are the parent seeking to take your children on vacation, then you must provide the other spouse with a reasonable amount of notice prior to taking the children. In addition, providing your ex with a high-level overview of what the trip will entail may be beneficial to him or her. In addition, this may help avoid any significant issues or miscommunication, as well as increase the odds of him or her agreeing to the vacation.
Always have a written agreement.
It is important to make sure that all of the details of the vacation arrangement are in writing prior to taking the children on vacation.
Establish a vacation schedule as part of a custody agreement.
For the benefit of both parties, a detailed vacation schedule should be established as part of the child custody agreement in order to plan for the future. The agreement may set forth any limits on travel in order to avoid confrontation in the future.
A detailed child custody agreement is key to avoiding contentious issues with a former spouse. Many couples experience conflicts after their divorce because they did not incorporate co-parenting or vacation schedule. With that being said, in the event that an issue arises with a former spouse over a summer vacation, contact experienced child custody and divorce attorney to assist you through the process.
The staff at Fig Law, P.L.L.C. have experience representing spouses in all aspects of family law and can walk you through the complexities of divorce and child custody, which can be overwhelming and emotional. Please contact Heather A. Fig at (631) 419-6111 to learn more about the firm’s services and approach to disputes.