Let’s Talk About… Summertime

By Madeline Marzano-Lesnevich, Esq.

Let’s talk about… summertime, and the living should be easy. 

But, sometimes, the living is not so easy, especially if you have not dealt with holiday and summer parenting time. Monday, May 30th, is Memorial Day; do you know where your children will be?


New Jersey Court Rule 5:8-5 requires that a proposed parenting plan be filed with the court shortly after the commencement of a divorce action. The parenting plan must specify, among other things, a specific schedule of parenting time which each parent would enjoy with the children. Too often this parenting plan is neither thorough enough to cover all holidays or the summer, school-free months, or it is not filed in a timely fashion. Too often the holidays are before us and neither parent has dealt with sharing their children for the holidays.

This lack of planning too often causes stress and disappointment for the children, as well as hostility and broken plans for the parents.

Use these days leading up to Memorial Day to think through—and discuss with your co-parent—the remaining  summer holidays, summer vacation plans, your children’s expectations, your children’s camp schedule including parents’ visiting days,  your children’s sports schedules, etc. Be cognizant that your co-parent may not have any flexibility with when he or she takes a vacation.

Summertime living should be easy—or at least easier. You can help make it so by addressing your children’s needs earlier, by not waiting until you and your co-parent have written your own schedules in stone.

Talk to us about a thorough, well thought out parenting plan. Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend, and be sure your children will too.


For tips on summer safety, please see our firm’s other blog, Lawyer In Your Corner. And please follow our firm on Twitter @lmllawyers. Photo via Flickr. 

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