I came across this article and in my experience as a child custody lawyer, I thought it sound and necessary advice. And felt compelled to share this on my blog as it is a practical "to do" list for parents to review for themselves and with their children when going through a divorce.
If you are in a child custody dispute, either you are in the process of preparing a parenting plan or you already have one entered. Either way, as summer is the time when people typically take vacations with their children, your parenting plan should address the summer break and include a vacation schedule.
I imagine you are thinking since you are no longer together, shrugging off Father's Day seems like a no brainer. But an end in a relationship does not signal the end of your co-parenting duties with your ex.
Co-Parenting is difficult. Emotions run high when parties separate, especially if they are involved in a child custody dispute through a divorce or parentage action. When a relationship ends, hurt feelings about the other parent can trickle down to the kids. Intentional or not, negative comments about the other party made in front of the kids hurts them, not your ex. Here is an article with some helpful tips on how to handle your bad-mouthing ex. My Ex Keeps Tashing Me to the Kids! What Should I Do?