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Summer vacation will affect some Texas child custody situations

Monday, December 11, 2017

The school year is winding down for many students in Texas and throughout the nation. Many parents are currently planning summer vacations; in fact, some have already booked beach condos or woodland cabins at their favorite destinations. It's typically a fun time of year when parents and children look forward to a little R & R; however, certain child custody situations may put a damper on vacation plans.

Many people mistakenly believe that a non-custodial parent may travel with his or her children anywhere at any time. This is not always true; it often depends on the terms of an existing child custody agreement. It's also not always the case that a non-custodial parent is prohibited from traveling with his or her children.

As with most child custody or visitation issues, it's generally best to do a bit of research ahead of time, in order to be fully aware of applicable state laws or any other regulations that may affect one's desire to travel with children after divorce. Some parents strive to maintain peaceable relationships by writing out schedules for holidays, travel and other special occasions. This idea helps simplify the process of deciding where children will spend which holidays and with whom they will travel on summer vacation.

The Law Office of Douglas C. Smith, located in Texas, is available to assist any concerned parent regarding child custody and summer vacation travel, as well as any other family-related matters in divorce. Sometimes, substitute visitation time is allotted to rectify situations where summer travel is adversely affecting time spent between a parent and child. If you're a non-custodial parent whose visitation time is being cut short due to the other parent's travel plans, we can protect your rights and make sure the terms of your existing visitation agreement are enforced.

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