It may seem odd to see sales for shorts, swimsuits and other clothing meant for sunny weather when there’s still snow on the ground, but retailers know that spring break is just around the corner for most school aged children and their families. So it is advantageous to prepare for those considering vacations in over the holiday weekends in February and March.
For recent divorcees or those who have recently separated, the mentality should be the same. This is especially important for those who have not established court-ordered parenting time for spring semester holidays. As such, this post will provide some insight planning for parenting time.
Know your basic rights – As we alluded to earlier, couples who do not have an established order with a parenting time schedule may fall prey to arguments over who has the right to take the kids on vacation or for a long weekend. So knowing what your rights are before making moves is critical.
Talk about vacation plans ahead of time – By talking about vacations in advance, you can create reasonable expectations and have time to resolve problems that may arise.
Reduce the agreement to writing – A written agreement memorializes what the parties finally agree to. More importantly, a writing can serve as a record detailing how you reached an agreement, whether a party breached it.
Don’t wait until the last minute – 11th hour plans can be particularly disruptive. Understandably, life happens, and sometimes plans must change. But last minute, arbitrary changes should be avoided.
If you have questions about securing parenting time for spring semester vacations, an experienced family law attorney can advise you.