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Family law: Planning for summer to reduce custody conflicts

At this time of year, many students in New Hampshire are anxiously awaiting the close of the school year. For them, summer is often a time of relaxation and a reduced amount of stress without homework and tests. However, for divorced parents who share custody of their children, summer can be an added stress as they ensure that their parenting plan is upheld. Some family law professionals recommend several actions that could help smooth the transition from the school year to summer vacation in regards to visitation and child custody.

For example, including as much detail as possible in a parenting plan could ultimately reduce conflict. For some children, such as infants, the plan for summer may not differ greatly from the plan for the rest of the year. However, older children often have sports activities, jobs and social plans that could complicate a parenting plan.

Additionally, many parents wish to take their children on a trip for the summer, potentially resulting in further complications. By keeping the lines of communication open, many of these complications can be avoided, especially if sufficient notice is given regarding an anticipated trip. Providing 60 days notice should allow the other parent time to adjust his or her plans or make new ones.

It is extremely possible that there will be miscommunications and the need for alterations. In many cases, potential conflict can be avoided if both parents can be reasonable and flexible. However, there may be times when a person needs to involve the courts. If such an event occurs, having an attorney with experience with New Hampshire family law can help that person ensure that his or her voice is heard.

Source:, "What you need to know about custody in the summer", Victoria Dalton, April 3, 2016

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