It doesn’t matter if you have physical custody of your children or visitation rights, there may come a point after divorce when you want to take a vacation with them. While it sounds simple enough to book a trip, there are steps you must take to ensure that you and your ex are on the same page.
Here are the steps you want to take:
- Inform your spouse: Let them know that you want to take a vacation with your children, and share as many details as possible. For example, let them know the destination, dates and how you plan on traveling to and from.
- Be flexible: For example, you may have to ask your ex to adjust their visitation schedule in order to accommodate your vacation. If they’re unable to do so entirely to your liking, remain flexible so you can find a schedule that works for the two of you.
- Review your divorce settlement and parenting agreement: You may find that there are restrictions on how you can travel with your children, such as taking them out of the state or country.
Divorce may have changed your life in many ways, but it shouldn’t stop you from vacationing with your children in the future. Although it won’t be the same as it was in the past, with proper planning you can still enjoy your time together.
If your ex is making it a challenge to take a trip with your children, review your parenting agreement, discuss your concerns with them and determine if you need to take action to protect your legal rights.