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Advanced planning can make for a happy summer post divorce

The end of the school year and the beginning of summertime is something that many children in Orange County look forward to. After all, summer is more than just a break from school -- it means trips to the beach, vacations, picnics, summer camp and simply the pure enjoyment of long, lazy days.

When a child's parents are divorced, summertime can present challenges with regards to child custody. However, with the proper planning and good communication, the summertime can be enjoyable for both the child and the parents.

First of all, when it comes to making summertime plans, don't wait until the last minute. If you plan to take the child out of state on a vacation, make sure you let your ex-spouse know well ahead of time, so that if there are problems they can be worked out, even if it means having to go to court.

In addition, don't wait until summer begins to determine who gets the kids when. Sometimes a child custody order will lay out who gets the kids on which holidays, such as the 4th of July or Labor Day, and it may also lay out the physical custody arrangements that will be in place during the summer, if they are to be different from the physical custody arrangements used during the rest of the year. However, there may be some reason why one parent or the other wants to deviate from the agreed-upon child custody order. Deciding how to handle this ahead of time can be beneficial.

In the end, keep in mind that the summer is supposed to be an enjoyable time for your child, so put your child's needs first and choose your battles. By addressing summertime parenting issues post divorce ahead of time, the summer months can run smoothly.

Source: The Huffington Post, "How To Get Through The Summer If You're Going Through A Divorce," Jason Levoy, May 25, 2016

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