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Considering summer vacations in child custody agreements

A divorce process can seriously affect the children, and especially their growth and relationships with their parents. To reduce the impact on the children, some parents from St. Charles, Missouri, include co-parenting provisions in their child custody agreements. This is to ensure that both parents can continue to take part in watching the children grow and be there for them at every step.

For most divorced parents in St. Charles, co-parenting is a great means of maintaining a healthy relationship with their children. However, this method can also have its challenges. As many divorced parents live in different locations, co-parenting can be extremely challenging at certain times throughout the year, such as summer. Furthermore, it may also cause more stress for children and parents who have agreed to the co-parenting agreement.

When a parent resides many miles from his or her children, the summer visitation may result in additional travel expenses and take a social and emotional toll on everyone involved. The children may also go through the stress of adapting to a parent whom they may not be physically close to on a daily basis. When children visit their non-custodial parent's home, they may experience anger, sadness and hostility when they revisit the reason their parents got divorced. Children may also be jealous because of the non-custodial parent's new family.

Although it is designed to help parents schedule child visitations more effectively and for the physical transfer of the child to go more smoothly, most co-parenting agreements are used by parents as a contractual condition in time-sharing. St. Charles readers should remember that summer vacation is an essential time for children to be free of the stress brought about by the hectic and exhausting school year.

To modify or come up with a co-parenting agreement that will give their children a problem-free summer vacation, it may be best for residents of St. Charles, Missouri, to work toward crafting an agreement that is meant to protect the best interests of the child. Child custody modification may also be an option so parents can properly set a schedule for summer vacations.

Source: Huffington Post, "One Choice, Two Parents: A Summertime Planner," Mark Roseman, July 26, 2013

Joseph J. Porzenski
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