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Why spring is the time to think about summer custody plans

You might still be recovering from spring break, but summer is right around the corner. If you are a parent sharing custody of your child in Pennsylvania, then it can be wise to start thinking about any plans you or the other parent of your child have for the summer school break.

Doing this spring cleaning of your parenting plan now, as opposed to the weeks leading up to the last day of school, helps parents achieve a few important goals:

  1. It ensures parents are on the same page. Springing a vacation or change of schedule on the other parent last minute can lead to arguments. Even if the other person agreed to something a year or two ago, make sure you discuss the summer months again. Re-establishing plans or providing notification of possible changes in an email or other written document can serve as a reminder to the other parent and a record of any changes agreed to.
  2. It allows for time to make changes. If you or the other parent plans to take a vacation during a time that disrupts the custody schedule, for instance, addressing it now will give both parents the opportunity to make any adjustments. Waiting too long can lead to costly penalties for cancelled tickets, an ability to make childcare arrangements, or conflict that prevents the child or parent from taking a long anticipated vacation.
  3. It gives parents the opportunity to seek legal action, if necessary. Some changes require parental agreement or even legal modification of a court order, which can take time to secure. As such, addressing these matters now makes it more likely that you will have a solution in place before summer rolls around.

While addressing these details in advance can seem tedious or unnecessary, you may find that tackling them now gives you more time to relax and enjoy the summer months.

If you have any questions or concerns about changes or conflicts that can arise, you should discuss them with an attorney who can help you understand your rights and examine your legal options.

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