It’s June and summer is in full swing! From barbecues to days at the park to running around barefoot, your child is mostly likely excited to be out of school and to have some more quality time with you.

Handling joint custody in the summer can make those dreamy summer days sometimes seem unattainable. Whether you’re working toward a child custody agreement now or you’d like to change your current child custody agreement, you need help from someone who specializes in family law — you need help from The Law Office of Ronald Kossack.

Our family law firm serves clients throughout Phoenix, Scottsdale, Chandler, Mesa, and Tempe, and we would love to help you with child custody this summer if it’s on your family law to-do list. Read below to get tips for handling joint custody in the summer, and then reach out to us today if you need help with modifying a child custody agreement, creating a child custody agreement, or another aspect of family law.

Discuss Schedule Events Or Trips With Your Ex

Planning a big trip? Having a family reunion? Attending a one-of-a-kind celebration for the Fourth of July? You’re still required to maintain the parenting plan that was put forth by the divorce court. Sometimes, depending on the relationship you have with your ex, you may be able to come up with an agreement that will still allow your child to participate if it’s during a time they would normally be with your ex. Be as civil, respectful, and cooperative as possible when discussing this option with your ex.

Plan For Your Work Schedule

Many parents struggle with child custody in the summer when they still have to work but their children are out of school. Be sure to plan in advance so you know if daycare or another option will be required. You could potentially work with a family law attorney to make sure your child custody agreement works well for both you and your ex in the summer.

Follow Your Parenting Plan

Summer may inspire some earned laziness, but that doesn’t mean you can neglect your parenting plan put forth by the court. You are required to follow this, and you need to be just as respectful of it in the summer as you are throughout the rest of the year. Pick up and drop off your children on time, respect the dates, and communicate with your ex to establish a routine for your children.

Continue To Pay Child Support

Some child custody agreements don’t require the noncustodial parent to pay child support in the summer if the child is with them, but that would’ve been determined when you were in divorce court. Whatever the agreement is, pay the appropriate child support no matter what. This will keep you out of trouble and ensure your children are cared for.

Get Help With Family Law In Tempe

Whether you want to modify an existing child custody agreement or you’re just getting started with child custody, The Law Office of Ronald Kossack is here to help. Contact us today for a free initial consultation for family law in Tempe.