Co-Parenting in the Summertime
Co-parenting has its challenges during the rest of the year but co-parenting during the summer can be a time when your children can really enjoy being outdoors. With some planning, the Summer of ’21 may be the much needed release from the COVID-19 pandemic that your family needs. Here are some suggestions to keep your co-parenting running smoothly for everyone involved.
There needs to be a balance between free time and scheduled time. If you want to take a vacation with your children, talk to your ex-spouse and see what can be done. Maybe both parents want to take the children on vacation during different times. This is ok too as long as it doesn’t appear like a competition between parents and is not disruptive to your children.
You don’t need to know every detail about your ex-spouse’s day, but you do need to inform your spouse if some traveling plans have changed, including, but not limited to, if you are leaving the State and / or country. A parent may not approve of the change in plans or simply wants to know the whereabouts of their children.
Don’t compete to be the best parent.
What if money is tight this year and you can’t do the extravagant travel plans like your ex-spouse? Whether you can have the lavish vacation or not, don’t feel like you need to compete with your ex-spouse. If you cannot afford travel this year, a “staycation” is totally fine. There are many free or low-cost events that occur throughout Boston and New England that it doesn’t take much to create another memorable summer with your children.
Your children may be involved with summer camps or sporting activities. Coordinate who handles the pick-ups and drop-offs or if both parents are participating in each game. Your children are more likely to enjoy both of your attendance.
Communication isn’t always easy between you and your ex-spouse. If you are having co-parenting challenges with your spouse and are considering a Modification to the parenting plan, it is best to seek advice from a trusted family law firm. If you would like to talk to an attorney at Fernandez, Socci & Nieves Family Law, please email us at email@example.com or call us at 978-681-5454.
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