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Planning for summer in Rhode Island when parents are divorced

Summer vacation will be here before we know it, much to the excitement of children across Rhode Island. While some children may be looking forward to longer days and no homework, those whose parents are divorced may be wondering where they will be living and when. Many parenting plans address this very issue, and if parents adhere to it and communicate to their child what to expect, summertime for children of divorce could be a positive experience.

A parenting plan in Rhode Island will usually set out where and with whom the child will live during the summer. This plan should be communicated to the child. Parenting plans that address summer vacation ahead of time can help prevent disagreements. However, there may be times when a parent needs to deviate from the plan, for example, if the parent wants to take the child on a trip during the summer.

The parent who wants to take the child on trip during the summer should promptly notify the other parent of their plans. In addition, parents need to communicate to each other about the trip. Some parenting plans in Rhode Island require parents to notify the other parent if they plan to take the child out of state. Cementing drop-off and pick-up times and places in advance and in writing can help both the parents and the child know what to expect. Keep in mind that, since the failure to adhere to the parenting plan or other court orders could result in legal action.

Summertime for children of divorce can be confusing. It can help to have plans in place ahead of time and to make sure the child knows of these plans. Careful planning can be beneficial for both the parents and the child, so everyone can have a happy summer.

Source: The Huffington Post, "6 Summer Vacation Tips for Divorced or Separated Parents," Kyung (Kathryn) Dickerson, March 29, 2016

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