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Don’t let co-parenting disputes get in the way of summer camp

On Behalf of | Apr 26, 2024 | Child Custody

Most every child at some point asks their parents if they can go to summer camp. They may have heard stories from friends or classmates about a place in the mountains or on a lake. They may want to attend a day camp so they have something to do all summer. Some kids want the chance to improve their musical, acting or athletic skills at a specialized camp. There’s a camp experience for every child, no matter what their interests and abilities are.

If you and your co-parent are separated or already navigating the divorce process, a chance to get away from things may be healthy for your child. While your child’s wishes should be a consideration, it’s important for both parents to make the final decision. No child should be made to feel like they’re abandoning either parent.

If your child has expressed an interest in camp or if you believe that it’s the best thing for them (or maybe even necessary for them to go to a day camp given your work schedule), here are a few things you’ll want to figure out with your co-parent.

The cost – and how it will be covered

The costs of various types of camps run the gamut. It’s important to determine how much you have to spend and how you’ll divide the cost. If you already have a child support order in place, is it covered by the terms of that support?

The type of camp – and how it will work with your custody schedule

If you have a young child, a day camp may be best so that they can come home every night. The routine might help them if their overall routine is in flux due to your divorce. If they’re older and ready to be away from their parents, a “sleepaway” camp can offer some independence. Either way, you need to determine how this will work with your custody schedule, as well as who will drop them off and pick them up or how you’ll coordinate visits if they’re away for a while.

Whether this is a first-time camp experience or your child will be returning to a favorite camp this summer, it’s important to work out the details without burdening your child with them so they can enjoy this rite of summer. Seeking legal guidance can help you if you get stuck.