The time for planning summer vacations is here now, so all families should start deciding on where they will go if they haven't already thought about this. It is imperative that parents who are divorced get moving on this now. The earlier you make these plans, the less stress you might have about the situation in general. One reason for this is that you may have notification requirements that demand you tell your ex about the dates and destination by a certain time.
We realize that it isn't easy to make these plans, especially if you have limitations on what you are allowed to do. One of the first things that you need to do right away is to review the parenting plan to determine what limitations and requirements you have. While you are doing that, look at the parenting time schedule to determine when you will have the children.
One mistake that parents make is to try to cut the travel plans too close to the time they get the children or need to have them back to the other parent. In order to avoid the stress that comes with rushing, plan to have ample time to get to where you need to be. This might mean that you have to ask your ex if you can pick up the kids early or bring them back late.
Communication with your ex might seem to be undesirable, but it can go a long way toward being able to take the vacation you want. We are here to help you formulate a plan if anything goes wrong, and your ex is refusing to cooperate about the summer vacation.