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Summer vacation plans vs. child custody arrangements

Summer is here and family vacations in Georgia are being eagerly anticipated. While this is true for most families, divorced families with child custody arrangements may face a different reality. In an ideal situation, custody is shared by both parents and they willingly share information such as where and when vacations are planned. Not all situations are ideal.

In some cases, a parent planning a vacation feels it is controlling for the other parent to request information about the details of the trip such as destination, flight information, dates of travel and so on. This may be particularly true where a cooperative atmosphere does not exist between the two parents. In a situation such as this, the need to share information can be viewed as a safety consideration, not a controlling one.

When children go on school trips, the information is shared with parents for safety reasons. A vacation trip should be looked at the same way. In the unlikely event of a natural disaster, such as the volcano in Hawaii, a parent should be able to know whether or not his or her child is in imminent danger. The same could be said for a plane crash or terrorist attack.

A divorced parent facing this issue in Georgia and who may have questions concerning an existing child custody arrangement may benefit from consulting with a knowledgeable family law attorney. An experienced attorney may be able to clarify any questions regarding the existing court order. The lawyer may also be able to advise on possible solutions to issues that may be beneficial.

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