Sharing Parenting Time During Summer Break

Summer break may be the best chance you have all year to spend lengthy quality time with your children. If you have joint custody of your children with your ex-spouse, you may be worried about making the most of your time.

  • Know the terms of your divorce settlement. You may be required to get the consent of your ex-spouse in order to go on vacation with your children. If you require their consent, it’s likely you will also need to provide at least 30 days’ notice as well as a detailed plan for how you intend to stay in contact with your ex-spouse.
  • Make a plan with your ex-spouse. The most important thing to remember is that the summer is primarily about your children. This is their break from school, and you want to help them have the most fun they can. The best way to do this is by communicating with your ex-spouse in order to put together the best way to split the time. Depending on the terms of your divorce, you may have already done this; otherwise, it may be in your best interest to set aside a chunk of time to sit down and plan everything out.
  • Keep your ex-spouse in the loop. If an opportunity comes up for you to take your children somewhere special, don’t surprise your ex-spouse with the news. By providing them with ample notice, you allow them to adjust their schedule while also ensuring they don’t accidentally schedule plans during that timeframe.
  • Pass along all relevant information. If you’re planning on taking your children somewhere for an extended period of time, make sure your ex-spouse knows exactly where you’re going. Let them know the dates you intend on travelling, the location you’re headed, your planned itinerary, and the best way to keep in contact with you and your children.

With the beach close by, you may be content with endless beach days with your children, filled with sandcastles and getting buried up to your shoulders in sand. In case you’re looking for other fun activities, we’ve put together a partial list of great family-friendly places to go in the Tampa area.

  • MOSI - Museum of Science & Industry: Ever wondered what it’s like to ride a bicycle 30 feet above the ground on a 1-inch thick cable? What about how it feels to lie on a bed of nails? You can do that and more in complete safety at the Museum of Science & Industry.
  • Busch Gardens: With over 12,000 animals, live entertainment, and amazing roller coasters, it’s a great place to take your children looking for an unforgettable day at a theme park.
  • Dinosaur World: Check out over 200 life-size dinosaurs, dig for fossils, or learn what it’s like to be a paleontologist in this prehistoric park.
  • Florida Aquarium: With sharks, penguins, alligators, and more, come by to check out the wildlife and get up-close and personal with daily shows along the exhibit path.

Be sure to know the terms of your divorce settlement agreement before planning out your vacation. Depending on the terms of your settlement, if your ex-spouse refuses to consent to your vacation without providing a legitimate cause for concern, even after you’ve provided communication provisions and ample notice, you may need to return to court to obtain a court order to allow you to go on vacation with your children. If you are in need of professional assistance in this matter, contact Givens Givens Sparks today. Our Tampa family law attorneys are prepared to fight for your rights, and have the experience necessary to do so.

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