Texas parents who are divorced might have specifications regarding vacation plans written into their custody orders. However, if they do not, this could become a point of conflict. Even when custody orders do specify how vacations should be divided, some tips may help reduce the likelihood of misunderstandings or tension.
Parents should make vacation plans as early as possible and should communicate those vacation plans to the other parent. Failing to do so could actually cause legal problems because it is important for the other parent to know where the child is going and when. It is especially important to communicate in writing about the plans if they differ from the custody order so that a parent has proof that the deviation was agreed upon.
The parent taking the child on vacation should also send regular reminders in writing about the plans in the weeks before the vacation. This ensures that there are no accidental or deliberate conflicting plans made by the other parent. If the other parent does interfere with the vacation and violates custody orders, it might be necessary to go to court and have the custody order modified or to deal with custodial interference.
Ideally, parents can avoid having to go back to court to resolve their issues after the divorce. It might be possible to lay the groundwork for a better co-parenting relationship during the divorce. If parents can negotiate custody and visitation issues with the help of their respective lawyers and include a plan for resolving conflict in their parenting agreement, this may make it possible to work through disputes rather than using legal channels to solve them. However, if both parents are determined to fight for primary physical custody, the case might have to be decided by a judge.