Figuring Out Vacations in the Parenting Plan and Custody Agreement

It’s that time of year–summer is just around the corner, and people are making plans for vacations. This can be a difficult subject for divorced and separated parents, unless they have figured out vacation time in their parenting plan and custody agreement. Because all parents want to have fun with their children, here is how to handle vacation time in the parenting plan.

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First, the mother and father need to decide how they will schedule the vacations. Some parents choose to have specified vacations–meaning that each parent has specific dates every year when they can take the children on vacation–while others choose to have unspecified vacations–meaning that each parent is allotted so much vacation time per year that they can take with advance notice to the other parent. Generally, to take an unspecified vacation, the parent must let the other parent know thirty days in advance. Both parents should have equal vacation time in the parenting time schedule. The parents should also decide if there is makeup visitation for the other parent when the children miss it because they are on vacation.

Once the parents have determined the vacation schedule, they should set some rules for vacation time. The mother and father need to discuss the acceptable areas to travel. Can the parents take the children out of state? How about out of the country? Does the parent planning the vacation have to get permission to take the child far away?

Parents can also choose to require each parent to give the other parent a travel itinerary before going on vacation–this can help the parents feel more comfortable with what is going on.

The plan should also include rules about acceptable activities to do with the children while on vacation. Are the children allowed to go skydiving? How about rock climbing? Parents can make a rule in the plan that the parent must discuss certain activities with the other parent before taking the children on them.

It is best to establish these rules right in the custody agreement so that the parents know exactly what to do. Then, a parent can head to the beach and relax with the children!

Custody X Change is software that creates professional parenting plan documents and parenting schedules.

Make Your Schedule and Plan Now

Custody X Change is software that creates professional parenting plan documents and parenting schedules.

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