Summer Camp

This post is a follow up to my previous post "Making Summer Plans?" as summer camps are often a hot button issue for co-parents who are struggling to get along or who are very territorial about "their" time with the kids in the summer. As most parents know, premium camps require registration earlier in the year  - January, February, March which is earlier than the standard language in most divorce decrees or final orders in which the noncustodial parent must designate his/her extended summer possession by April 1.  If the noncustodial parent fails to designate at all, then the default is typically July 1 - 31 for the noncustodial parent.  Prime camp time.  This creates pressure on the custodial parent (and the children who enjoy camps) to assume the risk of that the noncustodial parent will designate (or default to July 1-31) his/her time to be DURING the camp time and the ultimate disappointment of the children if they cannot attend. This disappointment could also be misdirected at the noncustodial parent who is simply following the court order.  If you're presently involving in pending litigation, bring this particular issue to the forefront for discussion so that you can specifically negotiate a term that is appropriate for your children.