In the eyes of a child, summertime stands for fun. Swimming, sleepover camp, long days, cool evenings, and vacation plans dominate their calendars. For children of divorced or separated parents, summer can be anything but fun if effective co-parenting skills fail. Those long days can become even longer when tension and disappointment fill the air.
Towson child custody lawyers at Huesman, Jones & Miles, LLC help families avoid these pitfalls by establishing effective co-parenting plans and parenting agreements. With pre-planning, flexibility, and compromise, summertime can be relaxing and fun, even when children split their time between both parents.
One of the most important aspects in any child custody arrangement is a commitment to communication by both parents. When two adults can put the best interests of their child ahead of personal agendas or heated emotions, all parties benefit, especially the children. Talking together about upcoming vacation plans and family holidays in advance can accommodate everyone’s plans if both parents agree to be flexible with changes made to established custody schedules.
As school ends and summer schedules take effect, a well laid plan that takes into consideration the work schedules of both parents can relieve a lot of stress and unnecessary childcare expenses. Deciding which activities the children will participate in and who will be responsible for paying for them can also alleviate a lot of last minute disappointments. Including your children in the conversation on what activities will be feasible can help present an amicable team approach.
As children get older, their summer plans may change from recreational activities to work or school commitments and internships. When there are multiple children to consider, negotiations may have to focus on which parent or location can best accommodate each of the children. Sharing summer holidays like Memorial Day weekend and the Fourth of July, as well as vacation availability for working children can present a challenge, but with flexibility and compromise, both parents can establish quality time with each of their children.
An effective co-parenting plan will also leave room for celebrations like family reunions, weddings, and out of town visits. These special occasions are very important for children to hold onto the family traditions of each parent. A large majority of children grieve the loss of established family traditions when a divorce or separation occurs. Making family celebrations a priority can help establish a sense of security and can alleviate the feelings of loss for the children.
Towson Divorce Lawyers at Huesman, Jones & Miles, LLC Help Families Establish Effective Co-Parenting Plans
Despite their best efforts, it is sometimes difficult for families to work out effective summertime co-parenting issues. The experienced team of Towson child custody lawyers at Huesman, Jones & Miles, LLC can help you prepare a plan that will put the best interests of your child first while accommodating each parent’s wishes. If you or someone you know is considering a divorce and children are involved, our experienced team can help you establish an effective co-parenting plan. We are dedicated to helping you through the process of establishing child custody arrangements with the least amount of stress involved.
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