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May is here and that means school vacations are coming. This can be a challenging tome for divorced families in Ohio with young children as summer vacation plans take shape. Even an amicable divorce can be a challenge when children are involved, even when both parents want to act in the best interest of the child. And it is now widely held that both parents remaining as involved as possible in the child’s life is the preferred scenario.

Summer vacations are a time for travel and exploration with one’s children. This sometimes involves international travel. When parents are divorced the parameters around international travel are typically governed by the parenting plan included in the judgment of divorce. In a joint custody situation, decisions must be agreed on by both parties. This can be a detriment to spontaneous traveling, but proper planning can enable one to enjoy a carefree vacation with one’s child.

The most important element to a successful traveling vacation is to make sure that all of one’s necessary paperwork is in order. This is particularly critical where international travel is concerned. All children, regardless of age, need a passport. In addition, be aware of what one’s parenting agreement states in reference to notice of travel. For example, if a 30-day notice is required, failure to meet that requirement could cause problems.

Most parents in Ohio want their children to enjoy summer vacation regardless of what shape it takes. Parents who are considering divorce or have questions regarding their parenting plan as summer approaches could benefit from consulting an experienced family law attorney. A knowledgeable attorney can review a family’s situation and offer counsel to the parent to help enable a pleasant summer for all involved.