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Are you interested in taking your child on vacation this summer? If so, and you are divorced, you need to understand what you are and are not permitted to do. After all, you don't want to make a mistake that could upset the other parent or land you in trouble with the court.

First things first. Check on any agreements or restrictions that may be in place. For example, there may be a provision about where you can take the child for vacation. An example of this would be a provision stating that you are only allowed to travel within the United States.

From there, it's important to understand the following: Just because you are the custodial parent does not mean that you are necessarily allowed to do whatever you want. This is a common misconception that often gets people in trouble.

Also, don't forget that notifying the other parent of the vacation is extremely important. Not only should you do this, but you should share information about the trip as soon as possible. It may not be something you want to do, but it's in everyone's best interest to take this step.

Last, but certainly not least, communicate with the other parent to ensure that your vacation does not interfere with his or her scheduled time.

As you can see, taking a vacation with your child is not always as simple as it sounds. If you're ready to plan a summer trip, it's important to know your legal rights and to make decisions that will keep everyone on the same page.

Source: USA Today, "Family Law & Restrictions Regarding Vacation," Mike Broemmel, accessed May 16, 2017

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