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3 challenges of traveling with kids in a co-parenting scenario

On Behalf of | Apr 15, 2024 | Child Custody |

Co-parenting arrangements allow adults to share responsibility for their children after a divorce or breakup. Those who carefully negotiate appropriate shared custody arrangements can largely preserve their connection with their children despite major changes to the family unit.

For example, parents can ensure that they have regular time with the children, including a portion of the time on holidays, birthdays and other special dates. They may also arrange to have time with them during breaks from school so that they can travel. Travel can provide opportunities for bonding and can lead to lasting memories. But, especially if someone wants to take a long trip or travel a significant distance, there are certain challenges they may need to address to enjoy their time with their children in ways that meet the needs of a family’s broader arrangement.

Limitations in a parenting plan

Sometimes, concerns about a parent leaving the state with the children lead to restrictive terms included in a parenting plan. A custody order might include a rule prohibiting out-of-state or international travel without the prior written consent of the other parent or approval from the courts. Reviewing a parenting plan carefully can help someone ensure that they comply with restrictions on travel during their parenting time.

Issues with scheduling

The most cost-effective days to travel or the days that may be best based on someone’s employment arrangements could interfere with the established rotation of parenting time. Particularly if a trip lasts for more than a week, it may be necessary to make adjustments to the parenting schedule. Reaching an agreement with a co-parent can be challenging, especially in high-conflict scenarios or in cases where arranging make-up parenting time could prove challenging.

The need for proper documentation

If someone intends to fly across the country with their children, they may need paperwork to present to airline representatives in some cases. Written permission from another parent, documents provided by the court and certified copies of parenting plans, as well as appropriate identification for all family members, may be necessary for those planning to fly as part of their travels.

Parents who recognize the challenges that may arise when they start planning an exciting trip in a shared custody scenario can put themselves in a better position to overcome those logistical challenges. Planning well in advance may give someone the necessary time to address travel complications related to shared custody accordingly.