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Planning Vacation Time with Children Post-Divorce

Planning Vacation Time with Children Post-Divorce

Planning Vacation Time with Children Post-Divorce

March 26, 2023

By Johnson/Turner Legal

Planning Vacation Time with Children Post-Divorce

March 26, 2023

By Johnson/Turner Legal

Planning Vacation Time with Children Post-Divorce

Enjoying Quality Time on Vacation after Separation

For any parent, taking children on vacation is a cherished opportunity to bond and create lasting memories. This becomes even more significant post-divorce or separation, as the time a parent spends with their children can become less frequent due to shared custody arrangements. However, navigating vacation plans after a divorce or custody dispute requires careful consideration.

Understanding Vacation Rights and Responsibilities

Reviewing Your Divorce Decree

Your first step is to examine your divorce decree. In most cases, parents have joint legal custody and designated vacation times are outlined in the order. If you share joint legal custody, you typically won’t need permission from your former spouse to travel out of state with your child during your allocated vacation period.

International Travel Considerations

Traveling abroad with your child under sixteen and having joint legal custody necessitates your co-parent’s consent for passport issuance. If your former spouse is uncooperative, you may need to seek a court order to obtain a passport for your child against their wishes.

Complying with Notice Provisions for Vacations

Be aware of any notice requirements in your parenting order, particularly for extended visitation like summer vacations. These often require written notice to the other parent about your vacation plans. Failing to provide notice by the deadline could lead to complications, including potential legal actions by your former spouse.

Seeking Legal Guidance for Post-Divorce Travel with Children

Vacation planning with your child post-divorce can be complex, and it’s essential to understand and adhere to the rules. For guidance on traveling with your child and avoiding future issues, contact us at (320) 299-4249 for a consultation. We can provide the necessary advice to ensure a smooth and enjoyable vacation with your child.

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