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Summer vacations are exciting for children and families. However, if your child is part of a divorced family, going on vacation may be a little more challenging.

If your parenting plan or agreement has a vacation schedule during the summer, it is important to get everything down in writing. It’s critical to get all of these provisions down in a contract, so that there is no confusion later.

You are allowed as a parent to schedule a summer vacation during one of the days that you’re allowed to have your child without having to ask the other parents’ permission. The other parent’s permission is required only if you want to take your child on a vacation during a time which is not mentioned in the parenting plan.

If you want to vacation within Colorado, you typically do not require the consent or permission of the other parent. However, if your summer vacation with your child involves a trip outside Colorado, you may need to get permission from the other parent before taking the child out of state. In such cases, whether you get permission to take the child away will depend on your compliance with previous court orders. If you have a history of noncompliance, the other parent may refuse permission, and the court may support the other parent against you.

If you want to take a child out of the country on an international holiday, you typically will require permission from the other parent before the trip. The concern here will be that the child will be outside state jurisdiction, as well as federal jurisdiction when she’s in a trip outside the country.

For more clarity on matters related to summer vacations in your parenting plan, speak to a divorce lawyer in Colorado.