Thinking about your summer plans is fun. For some parents, however, the realization that the kids will be out of school might cut that fun moment a bit short. If your children will be spending time with you this summer, you should take the time to line up child care now. There are a few different ways that you can handle this.
You and your ex might discuss the matter and use the same person or center throughout the summer. If this is the case, discuss how the payments will be made. Will each parent pay during the time the child is with them? Will the total expense for the summer be shared evenly? Having this plan now can help you to be prepared for the summer.
We know that there are sometimes situations that involve exes who can't work together. In this case, you should make your own plans now for the time the kids will be home with you. It is often difficult to find affordable and reliable care if you start the process too close to the summer.
Another thought that you need to consider is whether you are going to take any trips this summer. If you are, now is the time to plan those so that you can make sure they are in line with your child custody order. Your ex might also be planning vacations, and you don't need vacations to overlap.
One of the most important things to do as you embark on summer planning is to review the parenting plan. This should outline any limitations or requirements that you have for the summer months. We can help you to review these and to seek out a modification if there have been significant changes in circumstances that warrant a modification.