Summer break isn't always relaxing for co-parents

Now that the kids are out of school, families all across San Diego are ready to kick back, relax and enjoy the summer. This might mean sending the kids off to camp, taking vacations or just spending time together without worrying about homework and studying.

However, there are some challenges that many families will face this summer if they have recently gone through the process of establishing child custody arrangements. Even families who have gone through this before can find it difficult to readjust to new schedules and make sure everyone is where they are supposed to be. In this post, we will look at a few ways that you can make the custody process a little easier in the summer.

There are several tips that can help people prepare for summer and custody arrangements. Below are a few that can be especially important.

  • Be clear and direct with the other parent: Delays and mix-ups may be more common when custody schedules transition into summer. Kids are out of school which means parents don't just need to worry about school drop-offs and pick-ups. In order to avoid some of this confusion, parents can discuss specifically where a child will be during the hours that used to be spent at school.
  • Stick with the schedule:¬†Summer may be about relaxing, but that doesn't mean parents should not be lax with the responsibilities and schedules that come with custody arrangements. Straying from a schedule can lead to serious complications which can only make an already-difficult situation even worse.¬†
  • Consider the needs of the children: Children want to enjoy these months away from school, which shouldn't include listening to their parents fight all the time. They should be able to spend time with their families and friends, participate in sports or camp or maybe even find a summer job so they can earn some extra money. Taking these things into consideration can help parents keep things in perspective and work to protect the best interests of their kids.

Summertime can be a difficult adjustment for families who are trying to deal with custody and visitation arrangements. However, keeping these few things in mind can help parents and children make the adjustment and enjoy their summer as much as possible.

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