Divorced parents in Texas often use the spring to start making their summer plans. This might involve a change in the usual custody and visitation schedule. Summers might be busier for children with more activities going on, but parents still need to be able to communicate and cooperate, and that is also better for a child’s adjustment.
Parents may want to have a provision in their parenting plan regarding giving advance notice of a summer vacation. If there is conflict about visitation, the parent who is paying child support cannot withhold it. There might be a shift in child support obligations over the summer if one parent shoulders more expenses, but if this is the case, parents need to make a change to the legal agreement if it does not already reflect this.
Even with the best of intentions, parents might fail to adequately communicate with each oterh or run into other types of conflict. The first step should be to attempt to come to an agreement. If this is unsuccessful, mediation may help. Parents should try both of these before turning to litigation.
Many of these types of conflicts can be avoided with a detailed parenting plan that can anticipate future problems and make provisions for dealing with them. However, this assumes that the problem that arises is one the parents have anticipated and that both parents are making an attempt to be reasonable and cooperative. Going through mediation during divorce can help lay the groundwork for this type of cooperation later in the co-parenting relationship, but if one parent refuses to cooperate, going to court may be necessary. Family law attorneys whose clients find themselves in this position that the court’s ultimate decision will be based upon its view of the best interests of the child.