How will vacations be different after a divorce with children?

On Behalf of | Mar 18, 2024 | Child Custody & Visitation

Divorce is not easy for anyone, but it is even more complex for parents of minor children. Determining how you will share responsibility for raising them is rarely simple, and it can become contentious.

So, it’s understandable if you might look forward to your next chance to escape with the kids for a well earned break. Thinking about this while making your custody arrangements increases the chance it will go smoothly.

Will your child need permission to travel without the other parent?

If you are just staying local, then it’s unlikely anyone asks whether the other parent is OK with you taking the child away. If you get on a plane out of the country, there is a good chance they will, and if you do not have written proof of their consent, they may refuse you boarding. Even crossing state lines might prompt an inquiry from a law enforcement officer, so it is better to be prepared and get the paper in advance.

Will you have to breach your usual parenting time routine?

A parenting schedule that works when the kids are in school might not work so well when they are on a break.

As divorced parents, you may find it difficult to get meaningful time away with the children unless you are flexible with one another. Doing this allows you to take extended trips, and take advantage of special offers on travel and accommodation.

Your first holiday alone with the kids might seem a long way off right now, but by considering it when negotiating your parenting agreement, you can build in mechanisms that will ease things when the time comes to travel.