3 Tips When Planning a Summer Vacation Under a New Jersey Child Custody Order

Dad-and-Daughter-RightSpring is finally here and the days are starting to heat up which means it’s time to start planning for summer vacations! Unfortunately though, divorced parents might find themselves in the midst of the heated topic of coordinating parenting time schedules and summer excursions (along with summer camps and other family day trips). On one hand, summer allows for more flexibility with children because school is out of session, but on the other, summer schedules and vacations can cause conflict because daily routine often goes out the window leaving the possibility of chaos to emerge. Spending the warm, carefree summer break fighting over child custody issues is not any fun for the parents or the kids. To deal with child custody arrangements in a cordial way, it usually just requires a little more planning and advanced communication.

Seek Professional Advice

Decisions on child custody and visitation are often the most difficult, and most important, part of any divorce. So, while it’s a good idea for the parents to talk to their attorneys about protecting their and their child’s interests, it’s also a good idea to understand some of the factors you may come across when making custody and visitation decisions.
At Villani & DeLuca, P.C., we specialize in all aspects of family law and effectively represent mothers, fathers, grandparents and other interested parties in child custody controversies without putting children in the middle of the dispute. We are experienced in all types of custody cases and specialize in finding creative, legal solutions to your custody needs.

Plan in Advance

Agreeing on a vacation schedule well in advance will help to avoid many potential conflicts. Then stick to it. It’s always a good idea to notify the other parent of a planned summer vacation. A parent may even be legally obligated to get the other parent’s permission for a trip based on two factors: the timing of the trip and the location of the destination.

Communicate. Communicate. Communicate.

Communication is critical in any relationship – even if it’s a broken relationship. Notify the other parent of the details of the trip (itineraries, transportation, accommodations, contact info, etc.) so the child’s location is known in the event of an emergency. If a parent refuses to disclose this information to the other parent, it might end up in court (costing time, money and unnecessary stress). And then allow the children to communicate with the other parent while they’re on vacation. Skype could be a great way to allow your ex “virtual visitation” even while you may be thousands of miles away. This continued contact can help to ensure open communication.


The law surrounding custody rights can be complicated; our lawyers are ready to assist you through every step of the process. Contact family law firm of Villani & DeLuca, P.C. to learn about your child custody rights today. We can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 888-389-9533; call today for a complimentary consultation.