Deciding where and when to go on vacation can be challenging enough when you are married. You need to work around work schedules, school holidays, finances and personal preferences. It can get even more complex after your divorce.
While you no longer need to take others’ personal preferences of location and type of vacation into account, you can’t just take up and leave without informing them. At least not with your children in tow.
Here are some of the things you need to think about;
You’ll probably need written permission to go far
Child trafficking is a big problem worldwide, so you can expect to be asked for paperwork at some point if you travel alone with your children. It might be by an inquisitive highway patrol officer in another state, or it might be by border control at the airport. Showing a document with the other parent’s permission for you to take the trip should see you on your way.
How will it affect the custody schedule?
Sometimes you may need to travel with the kids during days when they’d normally be with their other parent. For example, you usually have the kids Thursday to Sunday, but you want to travel away for the whole week. Giving each other this flexibility can help you and your kids enjoy the vacations you deserve. Make sure you get the permission before you book anything though, especially if you did not divorce on good terms.
Vacations are just one of many things to consider when divorcing with children. It’s best to get legal help to work everything into a parenting plan that will serve you well.