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How should you handle your summer custody schedule?

As summer arrives in Indianapolis, so too does the desire of parents to want to take advantage of the school summer break to go on vacation with their kids. Planning an extended vacation was no doubt much easier when you were still married, yet the fact that you are now divorced does not deprive you of the right to get away (with your kids in tow). The question is how do you make a vacation fit into your current custody schedule

Reserving time to get away with the kids during the summer can be difficult when you have to coordinate it with an ex-spouse. Both you and your ex may want to leave that the same time, making it next to impossible to come up with an amiable solution on your own. Fortunately, you do not have to. The Supreme Court of Indiana has come up with guidelines to dictate what to do in special custodial situations such as summer break. 

As per these guidelines, both you are your ex-spouse are entitled to have custody of the kids for exactly half the summer break. You can choose whether to split the time into two equal blocks or break it up into week-by-week visitation periods. If you are the noncustodial parent, you must inform your ex of the times you want to spend with the kids by April 1st. If you do not, it is then left up to him or her to decide on a schedule. 

The point of breaking up summer custody time in this way is to allow plenty of time for both you and your ex-spouse to take a vacation. Remember, however, that if one of you has the kids for more than two consecutive weeks, the other is entitled to weekend visitation during that time. 

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