Divorce, Summer Break, and Your Family
Summer break is an exciting time of year for students, but it can pose a new set of challenges for parents, particularly in divorced families. Between changes in schedules, lack of routine, and coordinating plans between two co-parents, things can get tricky during summer months to say the least.
The Most Challenging Aspect of Divorce and Summer Break
Any parent can tell you that keeping a child busy and “out of trouble” per say is the most challenging aspect of summer vacation. This can prove particularly difficult for divorced families as they try to co-parent. While many families choose to use summer vacation as a time to travel and create memories, this simple idea can result in conflict for divorced families. It is important to use open communication and make sure everyone is on the same page before summer break actually begins.
Divorce and Summer Break in Younger Children
Children of younger ages tend to be more vulnerable and impressionable. At this stage of their life, good and responsible parenting is critical to their well-being. Typically, younger children benefit from spending equal time with both parents. Through open communication and advance planning, each parent can take advantage of the extra quality time summer break allows.
Divorce and Summer Break in Older Children
Between making endless plans with friends, sports practices and games, or other activities, teenagers and older children are busy. While this solves the problem of having to entertain children and keep them occupied, it also creates a new set of issues. Being a disengaged co-parent will prove detrimental in this situation. Again, planning in advance is the key to making summer a success with older and busier kids. Request that they share their calendar with you and make you aware of commitments or plans and discuss what events or activities they would like to do with you.
If you are struggling to maintain a cordial co-parenting relationship or dealing with an unreasonable spouse, mediation or legal counsel may be a way to come to an agreement. Through mature negotiation, mediation, or just having a lawyer to help you understand the complicated process of child custody and co-parenting, a solution can be found. Please contact our team at Schulz Stephenson Law for more information.