With children on summer vacation from school and the family vacations planned in advance, summer can be a tricky season for parents of young children to divorce; and yet, divorce rates spike in the summer. Married couples are likely to file for divorce in the busy holiday seasons just as spring break or summer vacations. Co-parenting families frequently face similar conflicts, such as what to do about a planned family vacation and how to make new parenting plans in light of the impending divorce.
You can cooperate with your ex-spouse to tell your children about your divorce, which you may want to rehearse together beforehand. This will help your children feel more relaxed and secure and less worried about how their summer vacation will be impacted, not to mention their future life. Consider whether the consequences of getting divorced during the summer matter in the seasons and years to come. You can help your children have a successful summer vacation experience even if you plan a summertime divorce.
How Children Can React
You can count on your children having a lot of questions. Will this impact their plans for summer activities? Will mom allow you to use the iPad for an unlimited amount of time, while dad may have stricter time limits? Is one more lenient on enforcing chores? You can consider their potential questions and anticipated challenges in advance so you can be prepared for how the discussion will go after you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse announce your divorce.
How it Will Affect Your Summer Vacation Plans
What will happen to that promised family vacation out of state? How will you tell your children one of you won’t be going anymore, or the trip is canceled? Which parent will take them or their activities? Will one parent continue to pay for the child doing a certain activity? Set expectations and clearly communicate your decisions with your children in the coming months while they’re on summer break from school. Ensure your children your goal is to create a fun, meaningful summer.
Plan Your Divorce Announcement Before Summer Break
Divorce rarely comes out of left field – it is usually a long time coming. To lessen the shock of the news your children may face, you can start making plans that will benefit the welfare of your children as the top priority. You can also discuss your plans with your kids so they know their summer plans prior to school letting out for summer break.
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A co-parenting plan can help you and your ex-spouse mitigate the anxiety, stress, and sadness children often face in light of their parents’ divorce during their summer vacation. Ultimately, the decision of the timing of your divorce is up to you. Remember: There is no perfect season to divorce your spouse when children are involved. If your relationship has reached peak strain and is negatively affecting your children, it may likely be in the best interest of your children to divorce during this time.
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