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How to Address Summer Vacation in an Illinois Parenting Plan

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Kane County parenting time attorneyThe summer months are a time when children often have less structure to their schedules because of the extended break from school. This can come with many benefits, including time to relax, participate in other activities, spend time with family, and take trips. However, it can also be a source of stress for parents, especially those who are recently divorced, as they try to adapt to the changes that summer brings. If you are going through a divorce, planning for summer break in your parenting agreement can help you prepare for many of the challenges you might encounter. Here are some things you may want to address in your parenting plan.

Shifting the Balance of Parenting Time

During the school year, it may be in a child’s best interest to spend the majority of the time during the week with one parent, so as to minimize interruptions to their daily routine. However, this may not be as important during the summer when children do not have as many schedule commitments. With this in mind, you might consider allocating more summer parenting time to the parent who has less time throughout the rest of the year. This arrangement often works especially well when parents live far apart, making regular travel between homes more difficult.

Setting Expectations for Travel

Many parents plan family vacations or trips during the summer, and it may be a good idea to address this directly in the parenting plan. For example, you could specify certain weeks when each parent can travel with the children, perhaps taking into consideration a fair allocation of summer holidays when parents have time off work. You should also include expectations for notifying each other about travel plans, as well as communication with your children while they are on a trip with the other parent.

Planning for Child Care

Parents who work full time often face the challenge of arranging summer child care for all of the time that their children would usually be in school. You may be able to address this in your parenting time agreement if you and the other parent have complementary work schedules that allow you to handle the majority of child care responsibilities between the two of you. However, if you both work during the day, for example, you may need to consider other arrangements. You may decide in your parenting plan that both parents should be involved in child care decisions, and you can be sure that your child support order accounts for child care costs so that each parent is expected to contribute fairly.

Contact a St. Charles, IL Parenting Plan Lawyer

An effective parenting plan considers your family’s needs throughout the year and accounts for many different contingencies. At the Law Offices of Benedict Schwarz, II PC, we can review your plan to make sure it protects your children’s interests and provides a structure for effective co-parenting after your divorce. Contact us at 847-428-7725 for an initial consultation with a Kane County family law attorney.

 

Sources:

https://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs4.asp?ActID=2086&ChapterID=59&SeqStart=8300000&SeqEnd=10000000

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