All parents face challenges over the summer, but when you are in the middle of a divorce, parenting-time issues are bound to arise. Both parents typically want to have the children for as much time during the summer as possible. The problem is, your kids can’t be in two places at once.
Parenting Time Issues Over the Summer
How can parents reconcile parenting-time issues during the summer? The key to ensuring children are not negatively impacted by a divorce is that parents maintain civil and open communication. While this may seem impossible at times, divorcing parents can put aside differences for the sake of their children. If you are struggling to find solutions to parenting-time issues, family mediation may help.
Family mediation can help to resolve issues related to parenting-time. Mediation is generally a more-cost effective process than filing a motion with the Court, and it empowers parents to be actively involved in solutions to address their parenting time disputes. Effective communication and active listening are important during mediation, as this will help to identify issues and areas of impasse.
Mediation is beneficial as it tends to produce parenting-time and custody agreements between the parties. These agreements can be submitted to the Court in the form of a Stipulation which becomes an enforceable legal document between the parties.
Parents often regret making hasty decisions regarding parenting time and custody during a divorce. Now is the time to ensure your children are happy and fulfilled, despite the difficult circumstances often presented by divorce.
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