As the school year finishes and the summer begins, kids eagerly await their vacation with excitement. The story for divorced/separated parents can be a little bit more stressful as figuring the particulars of the vacation must be agreed upon. Here are a few tips on how to do this:
- Make a checklist: if you are the parent that as custody of the child and your ex-partner is taking them on vacation then make them a checklist. They are not in the day to day life of the child and cannot be expected to know all the details. So things such as allergies and medicine that must be taken should be on a checklist.
- Plan in advance: you should not surprise your ex-partner with a last-minute vacation. Instead, communicate the details of a vacation well in advance and make sure that you are in agreement. In the event that you cannot agree on a vacation schedule then it can be done via the courts.
- What’s best of the child: when it comes to vacations for your child you should consider their best interests. If a child wants to go with your ex-partner on a once in a lifetime journey then don’t fight it. It’s not a competition and you shouldn’t let any negative feelings from the divorce/separation get in the way of making your child happy.