Extended visits with a non-custodial parent typically take place during the summer months. Regardless of whether your child is staying close to home or going on an out-of-state vacation, preparing for summer visitation can be difficult for both parents. Custodial parents are often anxious about spending a large amount of time away from their children, while non-custodial parents worry that they will have difficulty communicating with a child they no longer live with.  There are a few pieces of summer visitation advice that can make things easier for everyone.

Pack Well and Check Thoroughly

No matter how old your child is, you should do what you can to help him or her pack for the visit.  Children who are used to spending only a few days with their non-custodial parent each month may forget important items such as medication, summer school projects, medical insurance documentation, and clothes suitable for different weather conditions. Help your child pack everything that is essential during the week along with things that he or she will need for certain summer activities. If you are the non-custodial parent, make a checklist of items that you believe your child will need and check your child’s bags thoroughly.

Make Communication Plans

Children must be encouraged to stay in touch with their custodial parent during their summer visit, and it is best if both parents discuss the best ways for communication. Depending on trips planned, availability of internet at destinations, and basic time constraints, make sure all parties have realistic expectations. Custodial parents should plan to talk to their child once a day or every other day depending on what activities are occurring, and the non-custodial parent should make sure that he or she does not do anything to accidently interfere with communication. It is important to remember that this is still your child’s summer vacation and constant phone calls or text messages should not interfere with time away from the primary home.

Stay Occupied

Staying active and occupied will help everyone during summer vacation. Working on projects, spending time with friends, or taking a private vacation of your own are good ways to cope with a summer away from your child. Also, staying active helps make the summer transition easier for a parent and child who have not spent much time together throughout the year. Visiting parks, going to movies, and enjoying summer activities together ensures that everyone gets the most enjoyment out of their time together as possible.

Get Legal Advice

Preparing for summer visitation is only one of the difficult tasks that a separated or divorced adult must face. If you or someone you know is going through a divorce or contemplating one, having a compassionate family law attorney on your side is vital. The attorneys at Vayman & Teitelbaum are here to discuss your custody, visitation, and other divorce or separation related needs. Our attorneys are able to answer your questions and help you resolve your legal situations. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at one of our conveniently located Atlanta area offices.