Divorce is not a popular event during the summertime. It tends to happen more during the beginning of the year or before school starts for the children, reports The Atlantic. The reasons for the summer-end divorce high revolve around vacation. They include not wanting to affect an already planned vacation, feeling more stress and contention after a vacation and trying to give the marriage one last shot through a family vacation.
Regardless of the spikes, people still get divorced during the summer months. If you fall under this category, here are some tips to help you through the process.
1. Create a flexible parenting plan
One of the most challenging aspects of divorce is dividing up the time each parent gets with the children. It can be even harder during the summer when school is not an issue. As you navigate custody arrangements, consider what is best for the children. Do they already have summer camps they need to attend? Did one parent already plan a vacation?
Try to allow your kids to have an enjoyable break before the strict schedule of school and consistent visitation occurs. The more flexible you are, the more likely your ex will be to return the favor. Be sure to include stipulations in your parenting plan on what will happen the next summer to prevent conflict and confusion.
2. Consider childcare needs
On the other hand, if you find yourself now in need of working when you did not before, or only worked part-time, then you need to consider who will watch the children when they are with you because they are not in school. Remember that childcare costs are a factor in determining child support.
3. Notify the school
Divorce takes months, so it may help to inform your children's school so leaders can be aware of what your children are going through. Teachers can watch for signs of behavior or attitude changes, and counselors can help your kids express and manage their emotions during this difficult time.