Ah, spring break. The flowers are blooming, the scent of suntan oil is in the air and you’re having a meltdown trying to shoehorn the joint custody schedule around both your and your ex’s workweeks.

Take a deep breath and sit down. You’re going to get through this and discover there’s a better way to plan for this seasonal issue.

You might have remembered to include Thanksgiving, the winter holidays, the kids’ birthdays and even the 4th of July and Halloween on the custody schedule. But often, divorced parents fail to hash out who has the kids over spring break.

For kids in their teens, this is less of a problem, especially since they likely have their own ideas about how to spend their spring break vacation. But the younger set still needs daily supervision, and that can put a crimp in the parents’ work schedules.

This year, you might have to wing it if you didn’t specify how custody will be managed. But next year, you can modify the parenting agreement to cover spring break by determining as soon as is possible the dates of the holiday (usually at the start of the school year or just before).

Did you know that they have special online custody calendars that both parents can access to review and adjust the custody schedule as needed? That’s just one way parents who are still building their co-parenting relationship can interact with one another about the kids’ schedules.

Don’t be afraid to go with the flow sometimes. Maybe you’re supposed to have the kids for spring break but are slammed at work with no end in sight. Let your co-parent take the kids down to Cabo for some fun in the sun if they’re able. Remember, it’s all about what’s best for the kids.

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