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How to plan vacations around custody agreements

With the summer in full swing in Louisville, Kentucky it can mean only one thing: vacation. It's almost a rite of passage to go on a family vacation during the summer months. It's still possible to do even if you are divorced, separated or living based on a child custody agreement. Here are some tips for planning vacations this summer around child custody agreements.

Try to sit down with the other parent and have a civil discourse regarding what you want to do with your children this summer. Both of you should have a chance to discuss your wishes for a vacation before any decisions are made.

When discussing possible destinations, make sure you are truthful. If you want to take a trip abroad with your children, let the other parent know. He or she might not be comfortable yet with the children leaving the country. Don't try to hide your plans. It will only make the situation worse.

Once both of you mutually agree on vacation dates and destinations, add them to your calendars. Stick to these dates and do not try to change them at the last minute, or even extend the length of the vacation. Doing so could wind up causing a lot of problems between you and the other parent.

As you can see, it can be difficult to plan a summer vacation when you are not on speaking terms with the other parent of your children. If you plan to go away this summer with your children, make sure you notify the other parent at least 30 days prior to the trip.

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