When you have a parenting plan in place with your ex, it can introduce several new challenges. Among these are holidays and family trips. When your co-parent plans a vacation with your child, you might experience increased anxiety.
It is natural to have concern for your child’s safety and well-being, especially when you cannot be with them. Fortunately, you can give yourself added peace of mind by preparing ahead.
1. Request a copy of the itinerary
Depending on your parenting plan, providing an itinerary for any trips with your shared child could be a requirement. If your custody agreement does not address travel notification, you should request an itinerary from your co-parent. Having a copy provides vital information in case of an emergency and lets you know where your child is during their trip.
2. Schedule communication time
Planning set times to call or video chat your child is a convenient way to check in with them to ensure they are safe and having a good time. It can also help reassure you that your co-parent is honoring the terms of the parenting plan and following their provided itinerary.
3. Get everything in writing
Maintaining written records is good practice when navigating shared custody. Whether you communicate via email or text, having documentation of information provided by your ex can prevent miscommunications and misunderstandings.
Releasing your child into your ex’s custody for a vacation can be a stressful experience, but you can take steps to help ease your concern and trust that they will have a safe trip.