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Transitioning the Kids Back to School

In Child Custody by Elizabeth Stephenson

The end of the Summer is a bittersweet time for parents. On some level, you’re ready to resume the consistency and structure of the school year; while simultaneously feeling like your time with the kids is about to become much more limited. Children experience similar internal conflicts, where they are nervous about new teachers and sad about the lack of freedom, while also excited to see their friends again. Fortunately, your children have you to help guide them into the new school year. With a thoughtful approach, you can definitely put them in a position to hit the ground running toward a productive school year. Transition your children’s internal clocks back to school hours. Children tend to stay up later and wake up later during the summer. Start enforcing an …

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Making the Most of the End of Summer

In Child Custody, Parenting by Sarah Hink

As your children get older, it becomes painfully clear how fast time flies. This rings particularly true if you share custody of your children with their other parent—and therefore have a lot more limited time with them than you would like. And while many parents joke that they can’t wait for their kids to be back in school, most realize that these times are precious. Therefore, as summer comes to a close, it is really important to live in the moment and to make the most of the end of summer. Here are a few friendly suggestions to really make these last weeks count: Have a barbecue with all of your kids’ friends and their parents. Make it a potluck while you supply the meats for grilling. Buy a giant …

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Fathers and Summer Visitation

In Parenting by Sarah Hink

If you have children, summertime can be really awesome. There is a freedom to be spontaneous and to plan fun activities that simply doesn’t exist during the grind of the school year. For parents that are separated or divorced, the summer takes on an additional layer of significance. If you are currently operating without a formal parenting agreement or court order, it is a good idea to consult with an attorney to ensure you can maximize your time with your children. Summer Visitation and Parenting Plans When parents work on agreed parenting plans regarding custody and visitation of children, some of the primary goals are to create structure, stability, and normalcy for the children. This means creating parenting plans that accommodate the children staying in the same school, maintaining a …

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Summer Fun with the Kids

In Lifestyle, Parenting by Sarah Hink

Summer is a great time for children. School is out, they spend more time with siblings and friends, and some get to change up their routines and attend summer camp. For parents, summer is a different experience. It can be a ridiculous struggle to get your child to put down their iPhone or PlayStation 4 controller. While every parent loves their children, summer takes a lot of planning and expense to find new ways to entertain and intellectually stimulate your children. As the summer winds down, it is time to take advantage of your remaining weeks before school resumes and have some summer fun. Bring your children to eat ice cream! Ice cream is the best, especially in these hot summer months. In fact, July was National Ice Cream Month. …

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When a Visitation Schedule and Summer Plans Collide

In Child Custody by Sarah Hink

Summer is a great time for the kids. School is out, they get to spend extended time with friends and go to summer camps. If parents are separated or divorced, summer is a time that the children may have extended visitation with their non-custodial parent. Many non-custodial parents really treasure this time, as it is one of the few occasions that they can spend a great deal of time with their children. Unfortunately, sometimes the other parent has different plans for the children. At New Direction Family Law, we see a great deal of conflict between parents arise over this precious summer time. A frequent, and somewhat complicated question that we are asked is: what happens when parents disagree over the children’s summer plans? Parenting Plans Account for the Summer …

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A Healthy Summer, A Healthy You

In Health, Lifestyle by Elizabeth Stephenson

Summer is always an interesting time of year, as it brings a change up of our daily routines. If you have kids on a traditional school calendar they are now out of school, which means that you are with them at home, or off at a summer camp if you work. Another possibility is that the children are on an extended visit with or traveling with their other parent. If your divorce is relatively new, this can feel like a fresh wound, to be separated from your children and left by yourself. While it is easy to get trapped in the sadness and resentment of it all, summer may be a good opportunity to take a deep breath and take advantage of the time with yourself. Here are some ideas …

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Child Support and the Extraordinary Costs of Summer

In Child Support by Sarah Hink

The Battle Over Summer Camps Ask any parent what the most expensive time of year is. We can safely say that many will say that summer is the most expensive. That’s because the children, on a traditional school calendar, are out of school for three months, while there is no way our employer will give us three months off to take care of them. This means that parents must pay for three months of childcare in the form of summer camps and other childcare arrangements. Parents with children in year-round schools experience the same expenses, but spread out over the year. These camps can be incredibly expensive, which translates into increased conflict between separated parents as to whom shall pay for these camps. If parents cannot amicably agree to payment …