Illinois parents who have gone through a divorce may find that school vacations may lead to tense custody situations. However, there are ways in which both custodial and noncustodial parents can make school breaks as smooth as possible for themselves and their children. First, creating a plan well before the break takes place and putting it in writing may reduce the odds of a conflict.
Talking with the child's other parent is especially important if a trip with a son or daughter deviates with a current custody order or parenting plan. Having an agreement in writing may be beneficial for those who may find themselves in court for deviating from the order. Furthermore, the child's other parent should be given several written reminders prior to the trip. This may make it less likely that he or she can make plans with the child in an effort to interfere with the trip.