Divorced parents in Massachusetts who are detail-oriented and thorough may have already broached the subject of custody during summer break. However, even the best-laid plans can change. Whether you made initial plans and want to change them, or you are just now considering what to do over the summer, there are some tips to follow so it is a smooth process for everyone.
According to FindLaw, one of the most important things you should do is discuss with your ex about your plans, and do so as much in advance as possible. Most parents are willing to accommodate each other's wishes, but there is a better chance when you bring them up far in advance.
Some custody agreements require the children stay in the country or within a certain mile radius. If this is the case, you will need to legally modify the plan, which often requires your ex to be in agreement.
The Huffington Post discusses the importance of considering details and communicating with everyone. If you do plan a trip to another country, make sure passports are up to date and that the other parent has completed a notarized permission form. Make lists of necessary medication, allergies, insurance documentation and other important considerations. Share your itinerary with your ex so he or she can reach you in case of an emergency.
While it is important to communicate with the other parent, it is also a smart idea to include the children when sharing the details of the new plan. They will feel involved and understand that both parents are on the same page, allowing them to enjoy the summer.