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Is the summer the right time to separate and work out custody schedules?


Divorces often happen in the summer for one good reason: The couple’s children are out of school. Without school scheduling to worry about, parents have an easier time working through their separation and keeping their kids in one home or the other as needed.

It’s true, though, that summer can be a tough time to divorce, too. You will have a lot to think about, such as if you will go through with the family vacation, what to do about your children’s schooling and potentially decide if you’re going to move or not. There is a lot to do in a relatively short amount of time.

Is summer the right time to divorce?

The right time to divorce comes down to the specifics of your case. If your children are done with school and you have more time to devote to the divorce and working on a custody schedule in the summer, then you might want to do it then. A divorce in the summer may also be a good idea if you want to send your child to a new school in the fall, since it gives them time to move into a new home, meet friends in the neighborhood and to prepare for school in a new location.

Other people prefer to divorce during the school year, because it gives them more time when their children are away at school to talk through issues. It may be easier to get into the swing of custody scheduling when your children are at school for several hours a day, too.

What you decide to do will depend on factors such as:

  • If you want to move your children to a new school
  • How much time you have to collect documents for the divorce
  • The support you have from family or friends to help with custody
  • Your children’s activities
  • Your finances

Your attorney can talk to you about your intentions and discuss if there is a better time to divorce than another in terms of separating and making that separation easier for your children. Good planning can make a difference when you want to help your children get through this change positively.

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