Summer Break Custody and Visitation Schedules

A summer break schedule is a residential schedule designed specifically for the time when your child is off school over the summer.

You can also have a different residential schedule during other parts of the year.

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Deciding the time frame

First, you need to decide when your summer break schedule will start and stop.

You can choose exact dates, which may cover all or part of the break. Or you can use relative dates.

For instance, if your child always gets out of school on the third Friday of June, you can have your summer schedule start then.

Choosing your schedule

Here are some examples of how to create a summer break schedule.

Swap the parents' time

Here is an alternating weekends schedule where the child lives with the father and visits the mother every other weekend.

In the summer break schedule, the child lives with the mother and visits the father every other weekend.

You can swap any residential schedule for the summer.

Give one parent all the time

Here is a summer break schedule that goes from July 1st to July 31st. All of the time is given to the father.

Create a new residential schedule

For this summer break schedule, the parents alternate having the child every two weeks.

You have a lot more options for your residential schedule in the summer because you don't need to plan around school.

You can use a visitation timeshare calculator to give the parent who has less time with the child during the year more time with the summer break schedule.

Use vacation time

Instead of creating a different schedule for the summer, you can just schedule times when each parent can take the child on vacation.

Here is an every weekend schedule where the child visits the mom on the weekend. The mom is given two weeks of vacation time in July.

You can also set general vacation allowances, where each parent is given a set number of days a year to vacation with the child. Parents usually take these in the summer and must notify each other of the dates in advance.

The easiest way to make a summer break schedule

There's a lot to think about when you build a summer break schedule. You'll want it to give the right amount of time to each parent and work for years to come.

The Custody X Change app makes it easy. Just follow the steps to make a custody schedule.

In Step 1, make sure you check the box labeled "summer break schedule" (or "school holiday schedule" in some locations.) Then you can use the radio buttons and dropdown boxes to choose when the schedule starts and stops each year.

To make a custody schedule quickly and affordably, turn to Custody X Change. You'll get a written schedule and a visual calendar that meet your family's needs, as well as court standards.

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