After the determination of child custody matters in court, you and your co-parent likely put a thorough parenting time schedule into writing. Ideally, this initial parenting plan accounts for the season-specific arrangements you and your family must adapt to in the summer months.
Summer child custody arrangements can be difficult to navigate due to vacations, different school or work schedules and other seasonal events. Making sure that everyone can enjoy the season to the fullest while also operating under a functional schedule requires some specific preparations ahead of time.
Communicate with your co-parent and with your kids
Communication is the first step in effectively planning a workable summer schedule. Let your co-parent know about your upcoming vacation time as well as any special events you want to enjoy with your children so that nothing comes as a last-minute surprise. You should also communicate these matters to your kids, as their wants and needs are just as important if not more so.
Put any parenting time changes into writing
In all likelihood, you and your co-parent will need to modify your existing custody schedule to accommodate the unique circumstances of summer. It is crucial that you put these changes into writing rather than relying on verbal agreements. Documenting and submitting your parenting time changes ensures that each party remains beholden to their responsibilities and that the schedule remains compliant with Indiana parenting time guidelines.
It can be exceedingly difficult to work out changes to a custody agreement, especially in such a busy time as the summer months. Always remember, though, that the schedule that works best for you and your co-parent should also prioritize your children’s best interest and guarantee that they enjoy their precious vacation time.