For all parents, divorced or not, the most important thing that you can do to have a great summer with your family is to plan ahead. If you are planning a divorce or you are involved in the divorce process, make creating a parenting schedule a top priority so that you and your soon-to-be former spouse will know how the summer vacation schedule will be divided between the parents so that each person has quality time to spend with the children. With a parenting schedule in hand, you can plan your fun accordingly.
Speaking of your parenting plan, make sure that it specifies whether last-minute changes may be made to the parenting schedule. It may seem like you can be flexible during initial discussions about summer plans, but it can lead to resentment and problems down the road if there are no clear rules. Also, since summer vacation means that the children spend longer periods of time with each parent than they do during the school year, make sure that the parenting plan addresses phone, text, and email contact between you and the children while they are in the care of their other parent, and vice versa.
If you find that you are worried about money as you plan your summer, remember that you and your family do not have to do all of the things that you have done in summers past. Kids actually enjoy and thrive on extended periods of unstructured, unscheduled time. The activity that your children are likely to enjoy the most, spending time with you, does not have to be expensive. As far as pursuing their talents and interests, ask your kids which activity is the most important to each of them and then try to find a way to fit that into the family budget. It may also be fun to have the kids make a list of fun and inexpensive things that they would like to do with you in your local area.
Divorce takes a toll on every family member, but there are things that can be done to minimize the negative impact of a divorce on the children. Planning for summer fun in advance, in accordance with a clear schedule so that there are no misunderstandings, can help ease the stress associated with a divorce for everyone. A skilled New Jersey Divorce Attorney can help you understand many different options for obtaining a divorce with the minimum of emotional upheaval.
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Summer as a divorced or divorcing parent can be challenging, but it can also be a lot of fun. If you need assistance with your New Jersey divorce, get help from an experienced New Jersey Family Law Attorney. The Bronzino Law Firm, is located in Brick, New Jersey. We serve Ocean County, Monmouth County, and the surrounding areas. To learn more about divorce in New Jersey and how we can help you get through it, please contact our office for a free initial consultation. Our toll free number is (732) 812-3102. We look forward to hearing from you.