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How To Minimize Conflict Related To Your Summer Parenting Plan With The Children

In many cases, divorcing parties want to finalize the divorce quickly while maintaining a positive relationship, so they hesitate to engage family law attorneys. They fear that hiring attorneys will make the divorce process more litigious and confrontational. Often in scenarios like this, the parties will enter into very basic, vague Agreements and Parenting Plans.

Are You Having Problems With Your Ex Regarding Your Summer Parenting Plan With The Children?

Although a basic, bare-bones agreement may work for some couples without children and minimal assets and debts, it can get quite complicated for many former couples with children, especially during the summer months and holidays. All of the parenting arrangements get more complex with the kids out of school, and new problems can easily arise. Maybe one party starts dating or relying on a new significant other for childcare during the summer. Maybe one party enrolled the child in summer camp several miles away from home without conferring with the other parent.  Maybe one party seeks financial assistance for summer camp or daycare from the other party, but the other party refuses to contribute. Maybe one party wants to fly to Europe for three consecutive weeks in the summer with the children.

If these matters are not in writing and agreed to clearly in the Parenting Plan, these disagreements can lead to extensive post-judgment litigation after divorce.

Tips to Minimize Summertime Parenting Plan Disagreements

One of the most effective ways to avoid summertime Parenting Plan disagreements and post-judgment litigation is to have a specific Parenting Plan in place the first time around. Remember to address all parenting issues specifically within the agreement. Some examples are as follows:

  1. Be specific about the dates summer time sharing begins and ends for each party.

  2. Detail what the out-of-state travel dates are for the children and each parent. You don’t want to have a situation where both parents want to travel with the child at the same time.

  3. Address who will pay for transportation costs and who will be responsible for the pickup and drop off related to visitation.

  4. Specify whether a summer itinerary is required when the parties travel out of state with the minor child.

  5. Detail who will select and or pay for summer extracurricular activities.

  6. Address whether the Right of First Refusal will apply during the summer months.

Parenting Plans and agreements can be as detailed as you would like — the more detailed the Parenting Plan, the fewer issues that inevitably occur in the future. Allowing an experienced Tampa family law attorney to assist in negotiating and drafting these Parenting Plans is the best way to ensure that you only have to go through the litigation process one time.

The Law Offices of Patricia Palma, P.A. represents parties in the divorce process and, when necessary, the post-judgment litigation phase of the case.  Please call 813-258-3211 or contact us online to schedule a meeting at our Tampa office.

Disclaimer: The information in this blog post (“post”) is provided for general informational purposes only, and may not reflect the current law in your jurisdiction. No information contained in this post should be construed as legal advice from the individual author, nor is it intended to be a substitute for legal counsel on any subject matter. No reader of this post should act or refrain from acting on the basis of any information included in, or accessible through, this Post without seeking the appropriate legal or other professional advice on the particular facts and circumstances at issue from a lawyer licensed in the recipient’s state, country or other appropriate licensing jurisdiction.


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