As the summer months approach, Texas parents should begin planning their schedule relating to custody and visitation. Planning early, being flexible and having open communication can help parents create one that works well for everyone involved.
Begin planning early
Both parents should begin planning for the summer early to identify any special days or events they might want to spend with their children during the period, such as family reunions or birthday parties. They should also figure out any work-related responsibilities, such as business trips, that might prevent them from being with their children during that time. Finally, they should also begin planning any vacation trips they might want to take. Parents can also involve their children during this period, to figure out what they might want to do as well.
Negotiate with the other parent
Once both parents have their lists ready, they should sit down to create a summer parenting schedule. During this conversation, both parents should be willing to be flexible and negotiate based on their needs and wants. This might mean having to give up some days that a parent might want for another that they might find indispensable.
Create the schedule that works for your family
There are many different choices when it comes to creating a summer parenting schedule. The right choice will depend on the family’s particular situation. Some of the choices include:
- Keeping the parenting schedule the same as during the rest of the year
- Having the non-custodial parent have most of the summertime with the children
- Alternating weeks between the parents
- Dividing the week between the parents, such as 2-2-3 or 3-4-4-3
Even when parents create a seemingly perfect summer parenting plan, some surprises might come up. Remaining flexible during that time and communicating amicably with the other parent to overcome any challenges can help keep summer peaceful and relaxing for everyone.