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Summer vacation and sharing parental responsibilities

California parents who are divorced know that the end of school and the beginning of summer vacation may bring its own problems when it comes to sharing time with the children. Planned cooperation ahead of time may make a difference in whether summer vacation with the kids goes smoothly or not.

Planning might be essential when considering where and when the children will be staying at each parent's home. In addition, since children have summer activities, those have to be taken into account and plans agreed upon about who will do the pickup and delivery to scout meetings, piano lessons, sports and other activities. An advance agreement on who will drive and take responsibility for meals outside the home can keep vacation time moving along without disagreements.

Because divorced parents often have a visitation schedule, it is a good idea to stick as closely to the schedule as possible to avoid disagreements. A lack of communication can cause problems between parents and cause stress for children. The important thing is to keep the lines of communication open and cooperate with each other as much as is feasible. If a dispute over visitation rights occurs, then a parent may wish to go to court to have his or her parenting time enforced. However, trying to talk out problems might be a preferable solution before asking the court to intervene too soon.

Summer vacation time may add stress to the lives of parents who share custody of the children or interfere with scheduled visitation. A parent who is having continuing problems with enforcing visitation or a custody agreement may benefit from having the assistance of an attorney in seeking to have the order enforced.

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