GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) - Summer is here and for many divorced moms it means switching to summer parenting schedules. Whether your judgment of divorce gives your ex parenting time weeknights during the school year and then switches to two weeks with the kids, or gives him the entire summer with the kids there are some things you want to consider.
Before signing your kids up for summer camps, athletic teams and other summer activities, you need to carefully check your parenting time schedule. The main thing to remember is that your ex's parenting time schedule trumps your (and your kid's) plans.
If during his given parenting time you have signed them up for a week of summer camp, and paid a hefty deposit, you stand to lose your money if their dad does not agree that they can attend. It is imperative that you include their father in planning the kid's summer schedules if it affects his parenting time. He is not obligated to drive them to activities during his parenting time unless he has agreed to it ahead of time.
If the cheerleading coach insists that cheer camp attendance is mandatory and it falls during a time your daughter is to be with her father, it is his decision whether or not she may attend. This happened in our family and she was required to travel to another state to see her father instead of attending cheer camp. Luckily, the coach decided to let her off the hook as camp attendance was required to be on the varsity cheer team the following year. As you can imagine, there were lots of tears and hysterics before it all was settled, so be proactive and you can avoid all the drama.
If your kid's have an especially great opportunity that interfere's with their dad's parenting time, you can always ask the court to intervene and change the parenting time. Do not assume that it will be changed, however, as it is up to the judge. If you decide that you do want to attempt to change the parenting agreement, do it well in advance and prepare to support your arguments. Your divorce attorney will be happy to assist you.
Nothing herein constitutes legal advice
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