Sophia had planned a great June vacation with her son, Noah. Afterwards, he was heading off to a two-week summer camp in the Rockies. However, Noah’s father, Jack, invited him on a trip to Europe for the exact same time period. Sophia was exasperated because the invitation conflicted with her plans and, more importantly, did not comply with their parenting plan. Jack was supposed to take Noah in July and August, not June. Sophia and Jack had to find a way to coordinate summer vacations.
First, they could look back over the arrangements they made during their divorce.
The Parenting Plan
A divorcing couple with kids negotiates a parenting plan
as part of their settlement. It’s sometimes called a custody and visitation agreement because a big part of the plan involves custody and visitation.
In fact, parenting plans typically spell out who will have the children at certain times and for how long. Holidays and summer vacations usually are an important part of the negotiations that go into the parenting plan. After parents reach an agreement, a judge signs a custody order binding the parents to the agreement.
Does this mean the custody and visitation agreements will never change?
Modifications to the Plan?
It is possible to negotiate changes to a visitation schedule
. This may require the court’s approval in certain circumstances. However, the parents may agree on a new way of handling visitation without court intervention.
Sophia and Jack share legal custody
of Noah, but Sophia has primary physical custody. Most of the time, they have no trouble adjusting their visitation schedule. This time is different, though. Jack’s work schedule has changed, and he would like to have more time with Noah over the summer. They may want to negotiate a modification of their parenting plan and have it approved by the court.
But Sophia and Jack’s most important consideration should be what is right for Noah.
What Should You Focus on When You Coordinate Summer Vacations with Your Ex?
What course of action serves the best interests of your child? Maybe there’s no compelling reason to deny your ex’s summer vacation plans. However, if you feel your children may be in danger or harmed in some way by those plans, discuss your options with a divorce attorney immediately.
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Judy L. Burger
are experienced at all phases of divorce proceedings, including child visitation plans and modifications. Call us at 415-293-8314 to schedule a private appointment or visit our website. We maintain offices in San Francisco, Beverly Hills, Marin County, Santa Barbara, Ventura/Oxnard, San Jose, Gold River (Sacramento), and surrounding communities.