Handling spring break with your ex

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in child custody on Saturday, March 23, 2019.

Missouri parents who are divorced or who may have never been married to their children’s other parent know that co-parenting is a continual process that requires ongoing effort and cooperation. Spring break is just one more time of the year when extra flexibility may have to be exercised in order to make things work for parents and kids alike.

Some parents may not be able to take time off of work so they may need to hire a babysitter, pay for day camps or otherwise incur additional costs to ensure proper childcare when their children are not in work. The costs for this may have been factored into an overall child support award and this should be reviewed carefully.

If a mom or a dad is able to take time off of work over a child’s spring break, Coparently notes that the time spent with kids does not have to be lavish. A vacation over break can be wonderful but the most important thing is for parents and children to have quality time together. For this reason, a staycation could be considered as well.

Any agreements on who will have the children during break may be outlined in a divorce decree or parenting plan. If one parent wants to change the plans, the request should be made in advance and take into account the other parent’s time with the kids. It may also be wise to document the agreements made by both parents to change the court-approved plan.

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