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Thoughts on summer parenting time disputes

On Behalf of | May 25, 2018 | English, Firm News, Mediation And Collaborative Divorce | 0 comments

The 2017-2018 school year will be drawing to a close shortly. For divorcing or separated parents, this may be a time of additional trepidation due to concerns over what the kids will do over the summer. Ideally this will be a time for children to participate in sports camps, daycare activities (aka day camp) or spend additional time with extended family.  

However, some parents may disagree about what their kids should be allowed to do during the summer, and the root of these issues is usually money. Basically, if one parent is ordered to pay child support (even on a temporary basis) he or she may not be so inclined to pay for additional child care fees, let alone tuition for sports camps. This can be especially difficult when the custodial parent has already promised some type of summer activity.

Before these types of disagreements come to a head and require court intervention, an experienced family law attorney can explain how the law works and how you may be affected. A thorough review of your divorce decree or child support order may give you the perspective you need to make an informed decision. 

Keep in mind that if a parent denies you parenting time because you have not paid for a particular activity, or because the parent has scheduled the child in activity during your court ordered parenting time, the court may intervene. After all, parents are supposed to act in the child’s best interests, not what they believe is right for the child.

The preceding is not legal advice.