Navigating the Common Summertime Co-parenting Issues
Over the summer months, it’s common for your children’s routines to change significantly. If you and the children’s other parent are divorced, it can add some extra challenges to your custody and visitation arrangement.
With this in mind, below are a few of the most common co-parenting issues that arise of the summer — and how you can address them:
- Your child’s activities conflict with visitation time: Children often get involved with camps, sports and other summer activities that could conflict with previously scheduled visitation time. If you communicate with the other parent about the activity in advance, you should be able to come to an agreement about rescheduling visitation and sharing expenses.
- One parent plans activities for the child without consulting the other: This is one scenario that is likely to cause conflict, as one parent is essentially acting on behalf of both and then expects the other parent to commit to the time and money associated with the activity. If you are the one blindsided, you are in a difficult spot because saying no could disappoint your kids. Again, the best way to avoid this is to constantly communicate and make sure both parents agree to any major decisions.
- Your child wants to get a summer job: This is a common issue for parents of teenagers. It might be challenging to hold a job if a child is traveling between homes, especially if the child does not yet drive or if the parents do not live very close to one another. Spend some time talking about the logistics a summer job would involve.
The common solution to most co-parenting issues that will arise in the summer is communication. For more information and tips, speak with a skilled Long Island divorce lawyer at Bryan L. Salamone & Associates.