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Reducing conflict during school breaks

60537646_S.jpgIllinois 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.

If a trip is derailed or interfered with by the other parent, it may be possible to ask the court for a modified custody order. This may make it possible to include language that alternates custody each time a child goes on break. Depending on the facts of the case and the actions of the other parent, it may be possible to further alter a custody order to reflect the best interests of the child.

Those who are having disputes over parenting time or other child custody issues may wish to consult with an attorney. Legal counsel may be able to establish that a parent is suited to have sole, equal or enhanced custody and visitation with his or her son or daughter. In some cases, a modification may be agreed to by the child's parents. However, an attorney may represent a parent in court if necessary.

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