GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) Summer can be a challenging time for women who are divorced or whose divorce is pending. Between a new schedule for the kid’s, vacations and sometimes a change in parenting time schedules it can be a real challenge to keep things straight and avoid conflicts with your ex. Here are some tips to help you breeze through the summer.
Check your judgement of divorce to be sure you know exactly what the summer parenting time schedule is. Do this before you make any plans for vacations, activities for the kid’s like summer camps and sports teams so that you do not have conflicts with their dad’s parenting time. If you do, make sure that you discuss it with him and attempt to compromise and come to an agreement that everyone is happy with.
If you are the custodial parent an online calendars such as Google Calendar can be a great asset to keep things running smoothly. Many are free and can be set up to use by both you and your spouse. Just give him the username and password so he can have access.
Some very good calendars are available, for a fee, that allows several people to receive and post on the calendar. These are fantastic because babysitters or childcare professionals, grandparents and parents can all have access and see exactly what is scheduled. You can also share documents if need be. Two good ones are Family Wizard and Share Kids.
Good, clear communication with your ex concerning schedules, parenting time and vacations is the most important thing you can do to avoid misunderstandings and conflict.
Lastly, before you schedule, or even plan your family vacation out of the country make sure you know where your kid’s passports are and their expiration dates. A last minute fight to gain access to a passport with hefty down payments on trips is not something you want to deal with! Having to hire an attorney to go to court and force an ex to hand over a passport is not only expensive, but can be a lengthy process due to busy court schedules.
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WOTV 4 women’s legal expert Gail Saukas