Spring is when Illinois parents who are divorced need to start thinking about summer vacations with their children and communicating with each other about those plans. Some parents have notice provisions in their formal parenting document, and 60 days is often considered appropriate.

Whether or not parents have made a formal agreement regarding summer, there are often changes in a child’s schedule. There may be more activities, and child custody and even support obligations might change. Children adjust better when there is less conflict between their divorced parents, so parents should make an effort to resolve conflict through negotiation. Misunderstandings and other small errors can lead to problems keeping up with visitation agreements. Parents can use a visitation app to help them keep dates straight.

If problems are not due to misunderstandings or honest mistakes and negotiations prove fruitless, parents might have to turn to litigation. However, this can often have an adverse effect on their children.

The best case scenario for children is parents who get along well. However, because issues around child custody and coparenting children after a divorce can be fraught, this is not always possible. Parents should keep in mind that during the initial divorce, they can set the pattern for cooperation as their children grow up. However, even if a divorce is amicable, this does not mean the relationship will always remain that way. If the relationship deteriorates after the divorce is final, parents can always ask their respective attorneys to request changes in custody arrangements or even child support. However, requests for child support modifications are unlikely to be granted unless there is a material adverse change in financial circumstances such as an unexpected job loss.