San Diego Summertime Visitation Series Wrap-Up
This is the final post in my series on San Diego summertime child visitation issues. Throughout this series I have discussed issues that parents who share custody frequently experience during the summer months. In my last post I will summarize what I have been discussing and provide some final tips to parents.
Many child visitation issues between out-of-state parents can be avoided with careful planning
Many of the common issues I discussed in this series can be avoided if the child’s parents plan in advance for the summertime visit. In my post on interstate child visitation, I discussed how many parents struggle to communicate with their child while they are gone for the summer. I advised parents to create a schedule prior to the child leaving to avoid problems and confusion. If necessary, modify your order prior to the visitation and ask the court to specify when and how often the child is to call the custodial parent while away.
I also wrote posts discussing what to do if you wish to make changes to the custody order, either for the purpose of sending the child to a different school, or moving the child to the noncustodial parent’s state. Any changes to custody, whether they involve a move down the street or across the country, but be tackled well in advance. Making abrupt changes to the child’s life without notice is not in the child’s best interest, nor will the court view last minute changes as responsible. Summertime is the perfect time to request changes to the custody order, but it is important to make those changes in advance. Contact your San Diego family law attorney as soon as possible to get the ball rolling.
San Diego parents should handle problematic teenagers privately before involving the family courts
I also wrote two posts on how to handle children who behave problematically prior or during the visitation. These posts largely refer to issues that come up with teenagers during the summer. In my article how to handle teenagers who refuse to participate in the summer visitation, I strongly advised parents to attempt to understand the teenager’s point of view prior to taking legal action. However, if the child’s relationship is damaged in some way with the noncustodial parent it may be possible to have the court cancel the visitation. I also addressed what to do if your teenager gets into trouble with the law during their visit. I advised parents to prepare for the child’s visit in advance, by making the rules clear to their teens. However, the courts will not punish a parent or revoke their custodial rights, if the parent has acted responsibly and is not negligent.
Summertime is a great opportunity to spend quality time with your children, but it is not uncommon for custody issues to come up. If you have concerns with your custody arrangement for the summer, do not wait to contact a family law attorney. Our office is here to assist you.