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Tips for Co-Parenting Over Summer Break

Summer break can be challenging for co-parents. No matter what kind of visitation arrangement you use for your child custody order, figuring out the best way to help your child thrive during the summer can be difficult.

Today, we're supplying tips that can make your summer easier. To schedule a consultation with our team, contact us online or via phone at (702) 996-6052.

Make Childcare Decisions Both Parties Can Agree On

Over the summer, childcare is often a major point of contention for co-parents. Many parents lack the capability to care for their child during the day due to professional obligations, so childcare facilities and alternatives such as summer camps play a big role in many co-parenting arrangements over the summer.

Sit down with your co-parent to find childcare alternatives both parties feel comfortable with if you can't both be at home to care for your child. Ensuring that you both feel good about where your child is spending their time will give you peace of mind when your child is with their other parent.

Discuss Vacations Far in Advance

Many parents choose to take vacations over the summer, which can result in some conflict (or at least a wrench in the custody schedule) if they wish to bring their child along.

The further in advance you schedule vacations and clear them with your co-parent, the better for everyone involved. Scheduling out your vacations ahead of time can help both parties adjust to the idea of needing to give up custody for a while so their child can have a new experience.

Discuss Whether Your Timeshare Should Change

Standard visitation schedules in most states provide noncustodial parents with a significant amount of custody during summer break. If you use a modified visitation schedule for your custody order, discuss whether you want to change up your timeshare during the summer.

For example, during the school year, a week-on, week-off schedule may work best for you. But during the summer, it may be easier to simply have your child live with one parent for a couple of weeks, then the other, and so on. Work with your co-parent to discuss whether changing your custody order could benefit you (and your child).

At Leavitt Law Firm, we have the tools to help you pursue an effective outcome in your child custody case. To schedule a consultation with our team, contact us online or via phone at (702) 996-6052.

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