Summer is the time that every child looks forward to; a well-deserved break from school, fun with friends at camp, or maybe even a vacation with mom or dad. For separated parents, however, the summer season can be difficult when managing child custody and the change in routine schedule.
Because of the difficulty among separated and divorced parents in fairly managing summertime custody, the agreements are typically decided by the courts and specifically defined in the documents. New Jersey law equally considers both parents’ time for the summer season.
Parenting schedules and vacation time are almost always specifically spelled out in a marital settlement agreement or court order. As a result, the agreement or order will discuss the parenting schedule for the summer months while the kids are out of school. For example, it is typically customary in New Jersey for each parent to receive two non-consecutive weeks of summer vacation time with their children each year.
Regarding vacations and trips, each parent must generally provide advance notice and an itinerary to the other parent. Moreover, priority for vacation weeks often goes to the party who notifies the other party first. Outside of those two weeks of vacation time for each parent, the regular parenting schedule would then apply for the remainder of the summer. However, in some cases, agreements or orders may provide that parents will equally divide the entire summer with their children, either through alternating weeks of custody or some other rotating schedule.
One of the best ways to be certain that there are no potential issues with your parenting time is by hiring the right lawyer. Working with an experienced and knowledgeable child custody attorney helps ensure your custody agreement thoroughly details the parenting schedule for your children’s summer vacation.
The attorneys at the Law Office of Blake W. Rush always ensure that the custody agreement is highly detailed and addresses common issues such as parenting time schedules, transportation, summer vacation, phone contact, extra-curricular activities, etc., that parents are likely to encounter as their children grow older.
If you are seeking to obtain custody or visitation rights or need to enforce or modify your existing custody rights, we can help. At the Law Office of Blake W. Rush, representing clients in custody matters throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania is our legal team’s specialty.
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