Top 5 tips for separated parents in the summer holidays

The summer holidays will soon here which can be a difficult time for newly separated parents and also those who have been separated for some time as needs change. Kate Barton from our Family team has put together some tips to help you and your partner agree an arrangement that works for everyone.

  1. Take time out together to come up with a plan for the summer holidays. Agree in advance for the whole summer period to avoid any potential conflict part-way through. Keep a written record of everything you agree so there’s no room for ambiguity.
  2. If you want to take the children abroad, ensure you get consent from your ex-partner (and anyone else with Parental Responsibility) beforehand. If a Child Arrangements Order exists and lists you as the parent the child lives with, you can take them abroad for up to one month without consent but we would always recommend seeking consent first.
  3. When planning trips abroad, make sure important documents such as passports and medical information are held by the accompanying parent and that they are returned after the holiday.
  4. Where possible take into account your child’s wishes and create a plan that allows for their social activities and interests.
  5. Keep communicating – whether you are taking a child on holiday abroad or somewhere in the UK, it can be a difficult time for the other parent so ensure they can still speak in this time by phone, text, video calls etc.

If you need any help on this topic, please speak to Kate Barton on 01803 403 403 or complete our contact form and we can call you back.

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