With most children out on summer break, parents are left trying to figure out how to keep them occupied until school starts up again in the fall. For divorced parents in Pennsylvania, summertime child custody can be a real struggle. At the end of the day, they have to do what works best for their kids and their schedules.
Co-parenting during the school year when children are on a set schedule may seem a like a piece of cake compared to summer schedules that are constantly changing. Trying to mix vacation plans, work and parenting time can certainly prove to be a challenge. However, making a plan ahead of time can make the transition to the summertime custody schedule easier to handle.
What if one’s teenager gets a job? What if an employer refuses one’s designated vacation time? What if the kids want to go to a camp that falls between each parent’s scheduled time? If last minute things pop up that interfere with the current custody plans, parents will need to either be willing to negotiate new arrangements or stick to their guns and stay with the plan that they already have in place.
The truth of the matter is, every family situation is different and just because a certain summertime schedule may work out for a friend and his or her family, it does not mean it will benefit one’s own family. In order to get the best custody schedule for one’s family, parents can discuss wants and needs privately and draw up an agreement that can be included in their official custody order. If parents cannot agree to a separate summertime schedule, a judge may have the final say.
It is possible to help children make the best of their summer break by giving them a summertime child custody schedule on which they can depend. It may not always be easy to figure out and bumps in the road may occur making re-evaluation of the plan necessary, but it certainly is possible. An experienced family law attorney can help divorced or divorcing parents in Pennsylvania create summertime parenting plans that best fit the needs of their families.
Source: goodmenproject.com, “Co-Parenting Through Summer: More Sunshine, Less Divorce Shade“, June 2, 2017