With summer in full swing, many people are planning family trips. If you are a divorced parent sharing custody of your children, you may want to take your kids on a vacation.
Before you finalize plans, it is important to know how your child custody agreement could affect your travel arrangements.
Whether you had a smooth, amicable divorce or a contentious split decided by the courts, you should have a parenting plan in place. This agreement should include language about vacations and traveling.
A common requirement is for the parent looking to take the children on vacation to notify the other parent, especially if they are traveling out of state. However, depending on your situation, you may face different, and potentially stricter rules.
The most important thing you can do is prepare for the trip, and make sure everyone is on the same page. Follow the process and guidelines given your situation. You could face penalties for not following a parenting order.
If you are traveling for a long period of time or temporarily relocating, the process is more complex than going on vacation. If you have sole custody of your child or children it is easier to relocate. However, if you have a joint custody, the other parent must agree to your relocation.
The best course of action when traveling with your kids is to make sure you and your ex-spouse are on the same page. Avoiding surprises and confrontations will likely be the best way to have a fun, stress-free vacation with your kids.