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Co-parenting: Communication remains important on vacations

On Behalf of | May 5, 2023 | family law

Going on summer vacation is a fun experience for children, but this can become a complex undertaking for parents who share custody of their children. One of the concerns parents must consider is how the children will be able to contact their other parent. 

For most people who are in this position, virtual visits can be an excellent way for co-parents to stay in touch with their children during vacations. Here are some tips to make the most of these virtual interactions:

Schedule regular video calls

Set up a schedule for video calls with your child, so both you and your co-parent know when to expect them. This helps establish a routine and ensures that everyone is on the same page. Choose a user-friendly and reliable video conferencing platform like Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime to ensure smooth communication without technical difficulties. If you or your co-parent are traveling to a different time zone, be flexible with call timings and consider the convenience of both the child and the other parent.

Share the highlights

Keep each other updated on the exciting parts of your day or vacation, and encourage your child to share their experiences as well. Stay upbeat and positive during the virtual visit to create a pleasant experience for your child. Avoid discussing any conflicts or issues with your co-parent during these calls. Take screenshots or record short clips of memorable moments during the virtual visit. These can serve as keepsakes for both you and your child to look back on and cherish. 

Having the requirements for virtual visits during vacation listed in the parenting plan may be beneficial to everyone. It ensures you and your co-parent both know what to expect when vacations occur.