If you live on the other side of the country -- or on the other side of the world -- from your child's other parent, you might need to come up with some creative solutions to ensure that both of you get to spend adequate time with the children.
In most long-distance parenting relationships, one parent will have full physical custody, which means that the parent who lives at a distance will not be able to spend that much time with the children throughout the year. To help the children establish strong bonds with the parent who lives away, most families arrange to have the children spend an extended period of time with that parent during summer breaks.
Summer breaks offer a great opportunity during the year for the children to spend six to eight weeks with the parent who lives at a distance. In fact, some custodial parents will send the children to spend even more time with the non-custodial parent during the summer months.
In addition to extended time during the summer, long distance parents might also make arrangements to have the children for two to four weeks of vacation time throughout the school year. This time might coincide the child's regularly scheduled school vacations, although a parent might temporarily remove the child from school for an extended trip for certain occasions.
If you're a long-distance parent and you want to make sure that you spend extended time with your children each you, our law firm is here to help. We will explain your options and advocate for your right to spend as much time as possible with your kids.