Going on Vacation as a Divorced Parent
You do not need to limit your vacation so that it fits within your regular parenting schedule but will need to discuss your vacation plans with your co-parent:
- Your co-parent has a right to know when your children are going to be out of town;
- Your co-parent must agree to any deviation in your parenting schedule; and
- You may need your co-parent’s permission to travel with your children, depending on where you are going.
Your co-parent is more likely to cooperate with your vacation plans if you tell them well in advance. If you are asking for a greater-than-normal share of parenting time, you should offer your co-parent additional parenting time on another date. Your co-parent may have a right to block your planned trip if they believe you are taking the children to an unsafe place or otherwise putting them in danger.
Planning a Trip
Before you talk to your co-parent, you should have an idea of where you will be going for your vacation. You can make more concrete plans once you know that you are clear with your co-parent. There are several questions you should ask before choosing a destination:
- What activities would both you and your children enjoy?;
- What is your budget for the trip?;
- How well can you attend to your children as a single parent?; and
- Should this be an opportunity to visit family?
Your children should participate in deciding where you will be going and what you will be doing. As a parent, you must understand what is practical. You may not have the money for an exotic vacation or the energy for a high activity vacation if you are the sole caretaker of the children. It may help to invite another trusted adult, such as a family member.
Contact a Batavia Divorce Lawyer
You and your children deserve the excitement of a vacation after the trauma of going through a divorce. A Kane County family law attorney at Van Larson Law, P.C., can advise you on how to add vacation time to your parenting plan. To schedule a consultation, call 630-879-9090.