Your divorce is in the past (or you’re in the process), but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll never again talk to your ex-spouse. If you have children together, it’s imperative to work closely with one another to provide a stable environment.

With the summer months right around the corner, you may have some interest in taking your children on a vacation. Doing so sounds simple enough, but you must consider the finer details of your custody agreement. This is negotiated during your divorce.

Upon reviewing your agreement, you’ll better understand what you can and can’t do in regard to taking your children on vacation. For example, your agreement may state that you’re not permitted to travel out of Hawaii with your children, which will limit your destinations.

If you’re struggling to get on the right track, here are three tips that can help:

  • Don’t hide anything from your ex-spouse: Rather than sneak behind their back to schedule a vacation, loop them into the process. For example, let them know where you want to go and some of the dates that work for you. Including your ex will go a long way in preventing a disagreement.
  • Don’t change your schedule: Once you have the details of your trip in place, stick with them. Changing your vacation schedule is likely to anger your ex, as it could infringe on plans they’ve already made.
  • Promise to keep an open line of communication: Your ex may have concerns about being away from their children for an extended period of time. Let them know that you’ll keep an open line of communication, such as by telling your children to call or text every day.

A summer vacation is one of the best ways to spend time with your children after divorce. If you don’t have physical custody, it’s even more important, as you’ll get to spend every hour of the day with them.

If your ex-spouse is making it difficult to take your children on a summer trip, review your custody agreement and parenting plan and take steps to protect your legal rights. You don’t want to miss out on a good time just because your ex is being difficult.

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