Written By: Lenorae C. Atter, Attorney
Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A.
Summer visitation can be a challenge for those recently divorced or having gone through a paternity case. Any case involving children has to have a time-sharing plan, which establishes the visitation schedule for the children with each parent. Often, school holidays are divided up, including summer vacation. For those getting use to the plan, summer can be a little difficult to understand. First, it is important to refer to your time-sharing plan and calendar the time. If you live in Jacksonville, Florida or surrounding areas, then you may have what are considered guideline plans. This plan should give a start date for the parent that is meant to have the first half of summer with the children. When that parent is seeing the children the first half, the other parent would have alternating weekends. In essence, what happens is that the normal schedule is simply transferred to the other parent during that time. However, it is also important to see if you have both been given actual vacation time, which is often two weeks of uninterrupted time. Any of these dates and calendaring should be done with both parents so as to avoid confusion down the road.
If you have questions involving your time-sharing plan, you should speak with a family law attorney.