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Planning ahead for vacations

The summertime can cause headaches for Georgia parents who are divorced and who want to take their children on vacations. There are several things that they can do to reduce the likelihood of custody disputes arising because of their vacation plans.

When parents want to take their children on vacations, they should plan far in advance of their trips. They should notify the other parent several months in advance if possible. This can allow them to have plenty of time to work out any disputes ahead of time without interfering with their vacation plans.

As the time nears, it is also smart for the parents to send reminders at regular intervals to the other parent so that they do not claim that they had no idea about the vacation plans. All of the communication about the vacations should be in writing, especially if the vacation will deviate from the custody orders or if the other parents are difficult to work with. If the child custody orders that are in place do not adequately address fair procedures for vacation times, the parents might want to file motions to modify the orders to include better procedures.

Child custody and visitation disputes are often fraught with conflict. By having good communication, people may minimize the disputes and have smoother co-parenting relationships. If the parents' custody orders are not working for their situations, they may seek to have the orders modified. If they had a prior agreement, an agreement modification may also be a way to correct any issues. Family law attorneys may help their clients with negotiating the needed changes so that the agreements better reflect their current situations.

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