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What Are the Most Common Summer Break Time-Sharing Schedules?

What Are the Most Common Summer Break Time-Sharing Schedules?

Florida requires parents to have a special time-sharing schedule for summer break. Often, parents have a hard time agreeing on this schedule. Still, parents across the state find clever solutions.

Some of the most common summer break time-sharing schedules include:

  • Following the regular schedule throughout summer break
  • Creating a new residential schedule that gives each parent longer periods with their child(ren)
  • Scheduling vacations
  • Dividing the summer in half
  • Alternating entire summers
  • Giving one parent the school year and the other parent the summer (an especially common option when one parent lives out of town)

Ultimately, you can choose any summer break time-sharing schedule as long as both parents agree, and the court believes the plan is in the child’s best interests.

Because every summer is different, and a child’s plans for the summer can change as they grow up, summer time-sharing schedules are always subject to modification.

Following the Regular Schedule

Sometimes, parents can stick to their regular schedule during the school year and the summer. Nevertheless, there is a reason Florida requires parents to have time-sharing schedules specifically for summer break.

During the summer, children are not in school, so parents must be available to care for them or schedule supervised activities to fill their time. Summer may also be the only free time children have for long vacations.

If one parent does not work during the summer months, it may make more sense for the children to live with that parent. Likewise, one parent may need more time to take the children to a family reunion.

If your regular schedule works for the summer, you can keep it. Otherwise, you will need to come up with another plan.

Creating a New Residential Schedule

Whether you want to minimize interruptions to your children’s lives or give each parent the opportunity to take vacations, creating a new residential schedule may be the solution. Extending an every-other-week time-sharing schedule to every 2 weeks, for example, can create space for summer camps, vacations, and other fun activities.

It can also give children the opportunity to settle into each home, adapt to summer routines (which are different than routines during the school year), and spend more time with friends and family in each neighborhood.

Scheduling Vacations

Instead of changing your time-sharing plan for the entire summer, you can schedule vacations into your summer time-sharing plan. You may choose to keep your schedule more or less the same but give each parent a few weeks for a vacation.

When both parents work, scheduling vacations based on each parent’s vacation time can be helpful, as well. If your child has started planning their own summers, scheduling vacations can also be beneficial because you can address everything from summer camps to important family events.

Dividing the Summer in Half

Splitting the summer in half is one of the simplest ways to ensure each parent gets the time they need with their children during the summer months. It can also help parents split their responsibilities. Dividing the summer may not be fair, however, if your child(ren) will be away from both parents (e.g., at sleepaway camp) for one or more weeks during one half of the summer but not the other.

Alternating Entire Summers

Many parents alternate holidays, and alternating summers is possible, too! This time-sharing schedule can be helpful if one parent needs to schedule travel for work or wants to vacation with a new partner before introducing them to their child(ren).

Of course, not every parent can bear being away from their child(ren) for an entire summer.

One Parent Gets the Summer, One Parent Gets the School Year

When parents live far apart, equal time-sharing and visitation may not be possible during the school year. To help ensure each parent gets quality time with their child(ren), letting the parent who lives away from the school spend time with their child(ren) during the summer is a sensible solution.

Parents can even schedule visits during both the school year and the summer to make this schedule more comfortable for them.

Need Help Creating a Summer Time-Sharing Schedule?

Agreeing on a summer time-sharing schedule can be difficult, and you may need a new one every summer to properly address your family’s needs – especially when children are very young and need both parents or get older and have their own preferences.

The Law Office of Jerome P. Ventura can help you resolve disagreements, make important changes, and develop a summer time-sharing schedule that works for you and your family. We have been guiding families through child custody and visitation issues since 1988, and we can help you, too.

Our firm offers free initial consultations to help you get started – call us at (954) 280-6119 or contact us online to schedule yours today.