With summer upon us, parents who are divorced might have to reconsider the summer vacation plans for their children. In some cases, the plan for summers is already present in the child custody agreement, but that isn’t always the case. If you have to come up with summer plans, now is the time to get started.

Do I have to follow the court order?

Yes, the court order for child custody must be followed. The only exception to this, and one that must be carefully considered, is that no parent is required to get the children for their allotted visitation time. This means that if your ex is supposed to get the children for half the summer and opts to only keep them a week, you can’t force your ex to keep them longer. Of course, filing a violation of the order with the court might be an option for you to explore if that happens.

What if there isn’t a court order for summers?

Generally, you would follow the standard order that applies throughout the rest of the year. Of course, that might not be possible if the children aren’t in school. You have two options for handling this type of situation. Either you and your ex can come to an agreement about how the summer schedule will work or you can get a court order.

Dealing with child custody issues during the summer might prove to be difficult. It is important that you plan ahead so that you can tackle any issues that might come up as quickly as possible.

Source: Woman’s Divorce, “Summer Visitation FAQs,” accessed May. 28, 2015