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Summer Vacations and Holidays

In the midst of the summer season, it may become necessary to consider how vacation time will be shared. Vacation time will generally supercede the regular custody schedule. Additionally, parties usually need to give at least thirty days written notice as to when they intend to exercise their vacation. Your custody order should dictate what should happen in the event of a conflict where both parties want the same week. Additionally, the order should spell out what additional information you need to provide to the other parent in addition to the requested dates including destination, travel arrangements, names of other parties traveling with the children and the best method of contact for the children. In the event your Order provides for more than one week vacation, check to see if weeks can be exercised consecutively or not.

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It is not uncommon for an Order to prohibit travel outside of the country without express written consent or court approval so be sure you have that permission and the child's passport if the travel plans are international. Lastly, parties should confirm if the holiday schedule or vacation provision takes top priority. For example, if the holiday schedule does take top priority and one party has 4th of July as their holiday for the year, the other party could not plan a vacation during that time. Both parties should review the provisions of their respective agreements to provide for an enjoyable summer and vacation season for everyone. Have a safe 4th of July!

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