As a general rule, the school year provides parents with the structure needed to stay within the bounds of a custody or visitation plan. However, when Florida schools are not in session over the summer, it may be necessary to review those plans. Let’s take a closer look at what parents should know about creating summer custody arrangements.
Do what is best for your child
A good parenting plan ensures that the child’s needs are always a top priority. For instance, if your son or daughter wants to go to an overnight camp, you should strongly consider that request. Although the camp may occur when you would otherwise have custody of your child, ensuring your child’s happiness is more important than missing out on a few days of parenting time.
Resolve conflicts in private
There is a good chance that disagreements will arise as you try to create a balanced custody schedule. This may be especially true if you have trouble communicating with your child’s other parent. However, it’s important to resolve these disagreements when your children are not around. If private talks aren’t enough to resolve child custody disputes, it may be a good idea to work with a mediator to do so. If necessary, a judge may be able to issue a ruling that is binding on all parties.
A good parenting plan is usually the one that allows both parents to take an active role in their children’s lives. Therefore, it may be worthwhile to relax the rules of a parenting plan if it means that your children will be able to make memories that will last a lifetime. Of course, this assumes that both parents are capable of providing a safe environment for their kids while in their presence.