Understand the legalities of single parent vacations

Single parent vacations can literally be canceled at the last minute, if you don't understand your rights and responsibilities.

I am not an attorney but my ex-husband nearly stopped me from a week long trip to see my grandparents. He used the opportunity to force me to sign a stipulation agreement that I wouldn't have normally agreed to. Because I didn't get the process started early enough, I didn't even have the option to fight it in court.

So, my first bit of advice would be to discuss the trip with the other parent as soon as possible...and before you bring it up to the kids.

If you are separated and filing for divorce, check with your attorney for "Standing Orders" from the court. The standing orders are a temporary agreement until the divorce is finalized...If you are already divorced, check your divorce settlement and custody agreement for travel clauses.

Laws vary by state, but you will probably need written permission to travel with a minor across state lines. If you are traveling internationally, you will need notarized copies of everything...so check with your attorney for details.

Hopefully, you have a reasonable parent to work with. Unfortunately, some parents make it their mission to make you miserable...so if you can't agree for the child to go out of state, look for a day trip in-state.

Vacation Destination (picking a spot that everyone will enjoy)

Planning the trip and engaging your Children (use the planning time to bond with your kids)

Travel Tips (to keep them occupied on the way from here to there)

Money Saving Advice and Offers (a bonus for those of you that made it to the bottom of the page ;)

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