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Managing a visitation schedule in the summer

When California parents are divorced, making summer plans for their children can be more complicated than usual. However, parents can still find ways to organize their summer so that each of them gets quality time with the kids.

To keep things peaceful, it is important for parents to discuss summer plans before the kids are out of school. The Financial Planning Association says that this can help them find a schedule which suits everyone. Parents should typically determine how much time they will each have with the children. Sometimes this may be different from the regular visitation schedule; when this is the case, parents may also want to discuss how their child support will be affected by the summer arrangement. If the kids will be going to camp, both parents generally should agree about how they will split the cost and how the kids will get there every day.

Sometimes summer visitations may mean that the children spend most of their time with one parent. WomansDivorce.com says that people should understand the plans their ex-spouse has for summer activities. This can help them feel better about being away from the kids for so long. Any important information about a child’s ability to swim and perform other physical tasks should be communicated so the child will always be safe. Additionally, parents should have the itinerary for any travel plans and know how to contact their ex-spouse in an emergency.

Spending the summer with one parent can also be difficult for children. Because of this, it is important for parents to make sure that kids have everything they need for a long separation. Parents might want to pack a favorite stuffed animal and make sure that the kids have all of the medication and hygiene items they will need. Additionally, children should usually have a way to contact both their parents. A cellphone can help children stay in touch with one parent while they enjoy their quality time with the other.

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