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School’s Out, Summer’s Here - It’s a Good Time to Review your Summer Time-Sharing Schedule

May 25, 2021

By: Derren Ciaglia

With the school year coming to an end and the beginning of summer here, it’s a good time to pull out your parenting plan and review your summer time-sharing agreement. Since every parenting plan is tailored to each individual family’s circumstances, it’s important to confirm whether you are doing a new time-sharing schedule for the summer or simply keeping the same schedule as during the school year.

Given the great deal of planning and coordinating that is often involved with summer breaks, many parenting plans include a separate section that specifically addresses summer time-sharing and vacations. Some plans may include defined schedules to be followed during the break, while others may actually include specific language that the parties agree to be more flexible during the summer to accommodate summer activities, camps, and vacations. With advanced planning, communication and cooperation, the summer can be much easier and smoother for everyone involved. 

Whether you are maintaining the status quo or shifting to an entirely new time-sharing arrangement for the summer, if you and your former spouse can’t effectively co-parent, your parenting plan can serve as the default plan to follow. It may answer questions such as who pays what portion of summer activities and camps, which parent’s vacation requests take priority, what notices are required before taking those summer trips, and who is entitled to keep the children’s passports.

Of course, if you have any specific questions regarding your parenting plan and summer time-sharing schedule, it’s a good idea to seek legal advice.

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Derren K. Ciaglia devotes her practice to challenging family law matters, including divorce, child support, child custody, alimony, paternity matters and family law litigation involving complex financial and parenting issues. As a mother of three, she understands the importance of minimizing the effect the legal process can have on families. She tries to find creative solutions that are tailored to each family’s unique circumstances.

Trained in the interdisciplinary model of collaborative family law, Derren is passionate about advocating for her clients and providing them with support and guidance during what can be difficult and uncertain times in their lives. She is a compassionate listener, a good problem solver and settlement focused, negotiating on behalf of clients both in and out of mediation.

Derren is active in the Orlando community, currently serving as vice president of children’s programming for the Rosen Jewish Community Center Board of Directors. She is also a member of The Florida Bar and the Orange County Bar Association.

Admitted to practice law in Florida, Derren also previously practiced in Illinois. She earned her law degree cum laude from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where she received a Family Law Certificate and three Book Awards in perspectives of family, collaborative law, and intimate partner violence assistance. She has dedicated her entire legal career to matters involving families.

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