Tips for Sharing Custody Over Summer


5 Tips for Child Custody During Summer

School’s out for summer, which means more fun in the sun for you and the kids. However, as a divorced parent, you may find yourself required to plan your summer activities more in order to follow your custody agreement.

Here are some tips to help you get the most out of this season with your children:

1. Plan Ahead

Summer is just a short season — and after the sun sets, it’s back to school and homework. Make the most out of this season not only to have fun with your kids but to give your ex a heads up as to what you’re planning. Discuss changes to your custody schedule if needed and plan additional days for them to see your kids.

Reconfirm Your Plans Beforehand & Be Flexible

If you are planning a big day out, especially on a day where you may not typically have the kids, make sure to check in with your co-parent before the day of. If something comes up, try to be accommodating and understanding.

2. Discuss the Plan With Your Children

It’s great to have a plan, but it’s even better to see what your kids want to do. Now that school is out, your children can take advantage of their free time to do what they’d like. Ask them about activities they’d like to do, so you can do them together.

3. Avoid Competing

Summer is time for fun in the sun — not competing over whose sandcastle is bigger. No matter what you have planned for your kids this season, try to not make it a competition between you and your ex. If they’re planning a vacation or a big event, this doesn’t mean you have to do the same. At the end of the day, your children will remember the fun they had with the both of you.

4. Share Costs

Child support agreements cover all parts of caring for a child, from healthcare to school supplies and extracurricular activities. Prepare to share any summer expenses with your co-parent, including things such as new bathing suits or sandals to summer camps.

5. Enjoy Your Alone Time

During the school year, you may be used to seeing your children more often, but once the summer rolls around, they may spend more time with your co-parent. You may find yourself missing their company or feel that you’re losing time with them, but it’s equally important to take care of yourself and do something you like to do. Whether that’s relaxing around the house or heading outdoors, let yourself enjoy summer, too!

Honolulu Child Custody Lawyers

We hope you have a fun summer! If you need help arranging your visitation and custody this season, our team at Smith & Sturdivant, LLLC can guide you and your family through the process..

To book a consultation, visit us online or call our office at (808) 201-3898

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