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Making summer visitation plans to avoid conflict

Colorado parents who are divorced should look ahead to summer plans in the spring. Many parents have incorporated a provision into their parenting plan for informing each other another about summer vacation plans, and giving 60 days of notice is a common requirement.

Parents need to plan ahead because summers are often busier in addition to being a disruption in the usual routine. The child may begin spending more time with one parent than the other. Parents should try to remain calm during any conflicts with each other regarding visitation time. Child support still has to be paid regardless of the disputes between parents. If they put together a detailed parenting plan, they might be less likely to run into conflict.

If one parent is violating agreements over visitation time, mediation or litigation may be the solution. In some cases, a parent may file a police report regarding visitation interference if it is deemed necessary.

Working out child custody is one of the most difficult parts of a divorce. Even among parents who recognize the importance for the child of having time with both of them, giving up that time together can be difficult. If they are successful at mediation, they might be able to anticipate some future problems and draw up a plan. This can even include possibilities such as one parent needing to move or one child deciding to spend more time with one parent. Parents can return to mediation as needed throughout their co-parenting relationship, but if a conflict cannot be resolved, the assistance of their respective family law attorneys may be necessary.

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