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Have you devised your summer child custody schedule yet?

Within weeks, kids will be out of school for another long, hot Atlanta summer. If you are a divorced parent who shares custody of your minor children with your ex, that can mean obstacles when coordinating summer child care responsibilities.

If you are in the throes of a divorce and/or contested custody action, it's important to include a plan for the summer. The two of you should ideally work together to create a workable plan that allows both parents to spend as much free time with the children as possible. Below are some tips to make that happen.

  • Communicate. Although this might be the last thing that you want to do with your ex, communication is key to avoiding custody problems. If you want to avoid actually talking, communicate via text or email or try one of the specialized apps for co-parent communications.
  • Plan ahead. Before scheduling your summer vacation or purchasing airline tickets for a trip to Disney World, make sure that your custody agreement allows you to remove the kids from Georgia and that your plans don't conflict with your co-parent's vacation plans.

Just because you and your ex are no longer together, that doesn't mean that you shouldn't attempt to have a civil relationship with them. This can help pave the way for drama-free custody exchanges between the co-parents. It can also spare children the anxiety of watching their parents sniping at one another as they move between households.

Your Atlanta family law attorney can help you as you seek the best custody arrangement for you and your children.

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