If you share custody of your children with your ex-spouse, things can get complicated during the summer time. Chances are that during the school year, you and your spouse share a very stringent and simple schedule. This is because the children have to attend their classes every single day. One parent may have the children from Monday to Thursday, and then the other parent may have the children from Friday until the next Sunday. In some cases, one parent may have the children for a week, and then the other parent will care for them for the next week.
When it comes to summertime, schedules can get mixed up. A week-to-week or day-to-day schedule may not be practical in the midst of planned summer vacations. If you choose to take your children on a summer vacation, you will need to make sure that your ex is all right with the arrangement. If your ex decides to combat your decision, and your vacation would infringe on his or her time with the children, you may even need to take the case to court.
If you get permission to take your children on a vacation, you will need to make sure to observe summertime vacation etiquette. You should give your ex-spouse a fully detailed itinerary that discusses the different places that you will be. It also needs to include details drop-off and pick-up times for the child. If your ex will be meeting you at the airport, a bus station, or any other location to collect the children, you will want to make sure that you are there at the time stated on the itinerary. There is no room for flexibility in these circumstances.
For example, if you took your children to Disneyland and were offered a half-off stay in the hotel for an additional night, you cannot take the liberty of using this offer unless you have first spoken to your ex-spouse. Your ex-spouse has the right to say no in this situation, and you will need to arrive punctually at the drop-off place with the children. If you want more information about summertime vacation etiquette or if you need a lawyer to help you then you need to discuss your case with someone at Cutter & Lax.
These attorneys have over 30 years of experience you can rest assured that they understand how to tackle summertime custody disputes. Whether your spouse won't give you the vacation time you requested, or wants to change the summertime custody schedule, a San Fernando family lawyer at Cutter & Lax can help to negotiate with you. Call the firm today at (818) 839-2533 to get the assistance that you need and get started with your case!