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When single parents want to vacation with their children

It's time to start planning for your next summer vacation, and if you're a single parent, it means you may need to check in with the other parent of your child before you finalize your plans.

In order to make sure your summer vacation is a success, you may also want to consider the following:

  • Plan as far in advance as possible: No matter how well you get along with your ex, it's possible that the two of you will get into a disagreement about your travel plans. As such, the further ahead you plan, the more likely you can resolve any kind of disagreements that could arise. The last thing you want is a last-minute disagreement that interrupts your plans and ruins your vacation.
  • Be clear and communicate all the details: Make sure your ex knows everything about your travel plans, such as having a copy of your plane tickets, hotel reservations and other information. Also, be sure that you provide contact information to your ex throughout your trip so that he or she can get in touch with your children.
  • Get permission: Make sure you have permission if you plan to travel out of state or to another country. Make sure you understand your legal obligations in terms of your child custody orders and other information.
  • Make your checklist: Create an action plan of things you need to accomplish before your trip. Do you need to have copies of your child's health insurance for a trip overseas? Do you need to get your child's medications in order before your trip? Make a list and cover all of your bases in this regard.

Use your common sense and add any other steps you feel are appropriate to the above list, then carry them out as you see fit. Also, be sure that you fully understand your child custody orders so that you can enjoy your vacation exactly as you hoped it would be.

Source: HuffPost, "6 Summer Vacation Tips for Divorced or Separated Parents," Kyung (Kathryn) Dickerson and Alan Plevy, accessed March 16, 2018

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