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Including vacation in a Virginia parenting plan agreement

Many parents in Virginia struggle to come to an agreement regarding the best interests of their children. This may be especially true when the parents are no longer in a romantic relationship, prompting a family court to step in and decide on a parenting plan as part of the divorce agreement. This plan can include a variety of different provisions.

One of the items parents often discuss in their parenting plan is how child custody will be divided among both parents. This includes how vacations will be treated. A variety of different provisions can be included to ensure that there is no confusion regarding this issue.

In addition to addressing how much time each parent gets, many plans also address whether allotted vacation time is considered fixed or flexible. Some parents will include details regarding how and when the other parent will be notified. For example, some parents may include in their plan that the other parent must be notified 30 days before the end of the school year. Other items to consider is if parents need permission to take a child out of the state or country for vacation.

As the school year is winding down in many areas of Virginia, parents are likely turning their attention to their vacation plans, if they have not done so already. Some parents may discover that issues arise that are not fully addressed in their parenting plan. Fortunately, there are experienced professionals who can help them seek clarification and modification in plan if the parents are not able to come to a satisfactory agreement on their own.

J. Emmette Pilgreen IV
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