How to avoid spring break drama

Manassa & Neugebauer, P.C.

After our recent bout of snowstorms, many Chicagoans are more than ready for spring break. This may include a vacation to Florida or California, or just a great “stay-cation.” Regardless of the destination, a spring break isn’t much of a vacation without the children in tow.

For divorced or separated couples, this can be a difficult task. Warring parents may want to have the children all to themselves or plan trips while not considering the other parent’s rights to time with the kids. These types of mishaps often lead to future courtroom battles and more hurt feelings.

However, it does not have to be that way. Here are a few tips on how to avoid trouble around spring break.

Be proactive – Take time to ask (genuinely and nicely) the other parent well in advance about a proposed trip, especially if it is out of state. It is helpful to have a deadline date as to when an answer is needed. Also, do not announce a trip until the other parent is on board. There is nothing more annoying that a child with his or her hopes up about a trip that is not even confirmed.

Know your order – This is especially important if your custody decree only includes language about “reasonable and liberal parenting time.” This means that you and the other parent were comfortable about allocating parenting time at the time the order was signed, but if things have changed, your spring break plans may be threatened.

Have a backup plan – It is highly unlikely that a court will quickly hear your dispute; especially if it is right before you are supposed to travel for spring break. As such, a “Plan B” can be your best friend if the other parent thwarts your travel plans.

Source: Our Family, Planning for spring break

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How to avoid spring break drama