Spring break can be a crazy time for all families, but especially so for those families going through a divorce. Even in the best cases, having to juggle children between multiple houses, taking into account various schedules and conflicting vacation plans can be a chore. The problem is that many parents wait until the last minute to try and hammer out the details, which succeeds only in making a bad situation worse. If you’re willing to think ahead, taking a few steps early on can save a lot of hassle down the road.
First things first, to make spring break easier for the whole family begin planning what you’re going to do before the divorce is ever finalized. Try to come up with a vacation plan that will work for your and your soon-to-be-former spouse while you’re both still drawing up the parenting plan. Though vacations probably won’t be the most pressing concern, it’s still possible to set aside a moment to start planning for what you know will be a problem in the future. After all, it’s much better to get the kinks worked out now than to spend years arguing over the details. You and your attorney need to answer questions like what day of the week do vacations begin and which holidays are considered special and which will follow the normal parenting plan. There’s no right or wrong answer to the questions, they just are important issues that need to be covered to ensure you reach a comprehensive plan.
Even if spring break isn’t spelled out in your parenting plan, you can still plan in advance. Parents should get together (or correspond) about their travel plans months in advance. Try to hammer things out well before spring ever rolls around so there isn’t any last minute hysteria. Not only will this makes things go more smoothly for you, you’re your kids will enjoy the structure and stability that comes with a seamless vacation.
Finally, while it’s great to reach a verbal agreement with your former spouse, it’s essential that you take the next step and put it in writing. Creating a document, even a very simple one, can make all the difference in avoiding fights down the road. Not only will it help keep things straight in both of your minds, but also if one party voices disapproval, the argument can be put to a stop quickly by busting out the written agreement.
While emergencies can happen at any time and throw a wrench into even the best plans, this should be the exception and not the rule. Taking time early on to work with a skilled Ohio family law attorney to iron out all the details of your divorce can avoid serious headaches down the road.
If you find yourself facing the prospect of complicated divorce and have questions about your rights and options, contact an experienced Ohio family law attorney who can help guide you through the difficult process. Count on the expertise of Twinsburg family law attorney Carol L. Stephan.
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