Summer is almost here and for parents who are divorced, summer often means that their child custody and visitation schedules will be different than they are during the school year. The following are some tips for divorced parents that can help make their child’s summer a happy one.
Work together and keep the lines of communication open
Cooperation and positive communication are essential when parents are divorced. Parents should make sure they both understand the summer custody schedule. They should be on time for custody exchanges. Also, they should find a way that they can effectively discuss their child’s needs and activities, whether it is in person, via text message, over the phone or via email. It is also important to set boundaries and ground rules with regards to your child’s day to day care. This avoids the confusion that can happen if a child has different rules to follow at each parent’s house.
Keep things positive
It is important that divorced parents avoid bad-mouthing one another, especially in the child’s presence. This can be distressing to the child and may make the child feel like they have to take sides. Having a positive regard for your ex can help a child adjust and grow following the divorce.
Review an existing child custody plan
If you already have a child custody plan, it is important to review it before summer begins to ensure it still meets the needs of the child and is feasible for both parents to follow. After all, as a child grows their needs change and a parent’s living situation may have changed as well. Reviewing now can avoid conflict down the road. In addition, make sure your children understand what their summer will look like so there are no distressing surprises.
Learn more about child custody in The Washington DC metro area
Summer should be a time when good memories are made, and parents can achieve that even if they are divorced. This post is for educational purposes only and does not contain legal advice. Our firm’s website on child custody may be a useful resource for those who want to learn more about this topic.