Vacation Planning Tips With Children After Divorce

Your divorce is final and you deserve a vacation.  Here are some tips on taking a vacation with your children after your divorce is final.

This might be your first vacation alone with the children. Depending on the ages of your children, you want to make sure that you can handle the vacation and the needs of your children. Remember, a vacation is supposed to be a time to get away from the “stress” of everyday living and isn’t meant to put more stress on you. While on vacation, you want to enjoy the time with your children, not worry about how you can make sure they are having “fun” and also make sure you are taking care of their needs.

Make sure you tailor your vacation to your particular family. You want to make sure that transportation needs are taken care of. You want to make sure that the length of the vacation fits your children. Typically, older children will be able to enjoy a week or longer vacation, while very young children may want a shorter vacation.

It might also be helpful to have a detailed itinerary. Again, your itinerary and its planning will differ based on the ages of your children. Older children should help with the planning. Even younger children can let you know what they want to do, and more importantly, what they do not want to do.

There are also many single parent and divorced parent groups that have group vacations. You might find that going with a group helps you.

Finally, a few more trips:

Budget:  Make sure your vacation fits your budget. Your children want to spend time with you. It is not necessary to go on the most expensive vacation just to “wow” your children.

Know what is required: If you are flying with your children, you want to make sure that you know your airline’s rules. You may need certain documents and want to make sure you have them way ahead of time.

New Vacation Spot versus Been There Done That: You might want to consider the pros and cons of going to a vacation spot that you went to while you were still married or going to a new vacation spot. Going someplace you have already been to, probably brings some familiarity, but, it may bring up unpleasant memories of when you were with your ex-spouse. While going to a new vacation area is exciting, it might bring on the stress of learning what to do and where to go.

If you need advice about your divorce or post-divorce, please contact David Badanes and the Badanes Law Office at 631-239-1702 or email at david@dbnylaw.com. The Badanes Law Office has offices in Northport, Garden City, Brooklyn and Manhattan.

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