custody can be difficult to negotiate between two parents. Most kids are on summer
vacation, meaning they’ll be home the majority of the time. If both
parents work, this free time could present a problem. There is also the
question of vacation time. Both parents could want to plan an extended
trip with the kids but will have to negotiate the custody arrangement
Parenting plans are how most divorced parents manage to schedule events
and avoid conflict. Deciding way ahead of time who gets to care for the
kids during the summer, or during a portion of the summer, can help you
plan for the future. Likewise, planning for summer daycare will help you
and your spouse negotiate the change in schedule. Instead of picking up
your kids at school, you may be picking them up at a daycare or summer camp.
For example, let’s say you and your ex decide to split the summer
months in half. You get the first half of the season, and your ex gets
the second half. You made this plan months ago. So, when you decide to
take a vacation over the summer, you plan your entire vacation for yourself
and the kids during the first half of the season. Your ex plans their
vacation during the second half. At no point is either of you surprised
by a change in arrangements.
Predictability is also usually a good thing for children. It offers them
a sense of stability, so they aren’t surprised by an abrupt change
in the custody routine. Parenting plans allows you and your ex to schedule
custody months in advance, even years in advance if you’re great
at planning ahead.
If you need assistance with creating a parenting plan, don’t hesitate
to call us. The
Law Office of Kathryn Marteeny has more than 30 years of legal experience helping families in Texas negotiate
their child custody arrangements. Our
Houston family law attorneys can help you and your ex come to an agreement about how the child custody
situation should be arranged this summer. For more information about how
creating a parenting plan works, or to get started on one, give us a call.
Contact us at (713) 936-2300 or fill out our online form to schedule a case consultation
today. We look forward to hearing from you.