I'm afraid this post isn't jam-packed with exciting or exotic Spring Break travel destinations. This post is on a more tame subject matter...about creating a spring break schedule in your parenting plan.
As discussed in part three of this four part series, using Christmas Day for the parenting plan's winter break exchange seems reasonable because the parents each have Christmas Day. But this may result in an uneven division of time.
When separating parties have children together a parenting plan designates custody of the children. In Washington, the custodial parent is known as the primary residential parent as he or she is the parent that the children primarily reside with. The parenting plan also designates when each parent has the child during school breaks or school vacations (winter, spring, summer). This post is part three of a four part post on creating a winter break schedule.
When a relationship ends and parties have a child together, a parenting plan or residential schedule should be prepared to designate the child's time with each parent. The parenting plan also addresses when each parent has the child during school breaks or vacations. This post focuses on the winter break or winter vacation.
If you are familiar with the term "parenting plan," you may have already met with a lawyer to discuss one. A parenting plan creates a residential or visitation schedule that the child has with each parent and includes sections for school breaks or vacations (winter, spring, summer), holidays and birthdays. This post focuses on the winter break.
What's there not to be jolly about during the winter holidays if you're a child? School is out, endless hours of fun, lots of holiday treats to eat and presents to open. But if you're a parent who is going through a divorce or recently ended a relationship, the winter holidays present a whole new set of anxieties aside from the stresses of holiday mall shopping. You're fretting about what you're going to do about child custody especially during the holidays.
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 going through a divorce or recently had your marriage dissolved, you may want to slow down on introducing the kids to your new love. There are several reasons why putting the brakes on a new relationship and taking things slow is ideal. First, divorce can be a difficult and painful process-especially for the spouse who was not ready to end the relationship.
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.
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?