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Summer child custody tips for Tennessee parents

Question: What can destroy what should be an idyllic Tennessee summer vacation?

Answer: Child custody disputes, disagreements and problems in general.

Summer break is approaching rapidly, and parents should think about resolving any family issues they have before the break begins. Of course, this is often easier said than done, which could make any parent put off the task of addressing summertime child custody. Still, once you address these issues and find a solution, you, your ex and your kids can go on to have a great summer.

Here are a few tips that could help divorced parents resolve these issues.

  • Address the summer vacation schedule with your spouse and the court as early as possible.
  • Keep the lines of communication with your ex open, at least until the two of you have reached a summer schedule agreement.
  • Take your children's needs and desires into consideration when creating a vacation schedule.
  • If you pay child support, keep making your payments no matter how often you see the kids.
  • Consult with a family law attorney before making any legal decisions to avoid violating any court orders.
  • Avoid involving your kids in spontaneous summer activities unless you are 100 percent sure it will not violate your child custody agreement.

Armed with a summer schedule that you and your co-parent approve of will add to the enjoyment your kids experience this summer. Anything that reduces conflict and promotes family togetherness is always worth the effort.

Those who are interested in learning other ways to reduce parental conflict after divorce can find access to a wealth of information and resources through contact with a legal professional.

Source: Findlaw Law and Daily Life Blog, "Child Custody Over the Summer: Dos and Don'ts," accessed May 10, 2018

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