In the last few decades, spring break has become an industry unto itself. Many people book the next year’s spring break trip just as soon as they return from this year’s. That helps ensure that there are rooms available for lodging. Travel arrangements are often made a little closer to the actual date of the trip, but chances are, you already have your plans set in stone when the New Year rolls around. Unfortunately, if you’ve filed for divorce between last year’s spring break and now, there could be child custody issues that will impact the perfect spring break trip you have planned.
If your former spouse received temporary custody during the divorce, you may not be able to take your children with you on the trip. Alternatively, they may be planning to go, along with the children, and leave you at home. Just as holidays and summer vacation can create issues with parenting schedules, so too can spring break plans. If you are in the process of divorcing or are about to file for divorce, any planned or upcoming trips you have scheduled may need to be canceled, rescheduled or negotiated as part of the custody agreement between you and your former spouse.
Spring break trips are considered parenting time
If you do not currently share custody with your former spouse, a vacation over spring break could consume a lot of your upcoming parenting time. Depending on the length of the trip, it could take a month’s worth of weekends to balance out, if your former spouse refuses to compromise. When you’re going through a divorce with a contested custody arrangement, you are going to need the advocacy and advice of an experienced family law and divorce attorney. Your attorney can help you fight for a custody agreement that is fair to everyone involved, including your minor children.
If you have already made arrangements and payments for an upcoming trip but your former spouse is refusing to allow the children to go, your attorney may be able to help. By speaking with your former spouse’s legal representation, your attorney may be able to arrange a compromise that works for everyone in your family. Perhaps you can agree to alternate years when it comes to spring break, or to each take one child each year. Whatever the decision, working with legal representation can help facilitate quicker compromise on important issues.
An attorney can help you during divorce and custody issues
Particularly if there are issues with your custody arrangement or if your divorce is contentious, you are going to need the support and advice of an experienced divorce attorney. The best chance at a favorable custody agreement comes from having experienced and dedicated legal representation throughout your divorce.