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Dealing with family vacations when parents are not together

Kentucky parents who decide to divorce may have to learn how to share time with the children. While this may be easier to do during the school year, vacation times may be contentious if both parents want to spend time with the children. However, there are ways that parents can work out an agreement that allows the kids to go on family trips.

In many cases, the custody order will determine how the different school breaks are handled. If the parents do not have a custody order or the parents wish to work something out that the custody order does not include, handling the issue early is best. The parent who is planning the family trip should have the plan fully written out for the other parent. If the other parent causes problems, having the written document may help the parent petition the court for relief.

Co-parents may also wish to modify the custody order so that there is a fair vacation procedure included. This way, there are no disputes in the future. Once a family vacation has been set, parents should send regular reminders to the co-parent leading up to the vacation. These should all be done in writing so that the parent has evidence in the event of a dispute that ends up in court.

If both parents share custody of a child, they are both entitled to a certain amount of parenting time. However, the schedule can potentially prevent a parent from being able to take the child on family vacations. If the co-parent refuses to allow the child to go, the parent may work with a family law attorney to seek relief from the court.

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