With your kids getting out of school, Memorial Day weekend coming up and the weather getting warmer, summer is well on its way. While you are of course excited to take a vacation and enjoy the sun, you likely have child custody issues weighing on your mind.

Do not let the stress distract you from what should be a fun and relaxing summer! Here are some tips to keep in mind as the season approaches.

1. Plan your vacation schedule now

You might feel like waiting a few weeks to officially plan your vacation, but time is of the essence. If you wait too long before making plans and discussing them with your ex, it could contribute to more contentious arguments and your ex claiming you violated the custody agreement. Create a schedule, get your ex to agree to it and show it to the family court judge.

2. Resolve conflicts early and quickly

If your ex has an issue with your summer plans, try to resolve it as soon as possible. You do not want to have drawn-out arguments throughout the summer. This also reduces any stress of coming up with plans last minute. If you are unable to solve problems directly, you might have to get the court involved.

3. Let your children communicate with your ex

Divorce has a huge impact on your children. Do not take it personally if any of your children miss your ex and want to talk on the phone with him. This is only natural. Despite any hard feelings between the two of you, your children likely still love their other parent. Be open to letting your children communicate with your ex through phone calls and video chats.

Getting started on your summer custody plans now will save you stress in the long run. If you need help modifying your custody order or coming to an agreement with your ex, contact a divorce attorney.