In some cases, divorced co-parents decide to take joint vacations after the marital split. This is because they have children who would like to still have family vacations even though the divorce has changed what their family looks like.
The certainly isn’t for everyone, but it has been a growing trend. You may want to consider the pros and cons.
Why is it a good idea?
The biggest reason to do this is simply that it can be comforting and fun for the children. They may only get one vacation that year, and they want both of their parents to be there. They may want to share those experiences.
A joint vacation can also be easy from a child custody standpoint. You don’t have to clear any time with your co-parent or change the custody schedule to take a trip. You simply both go along and share custody while you’re together.
Why is it a bad idea?
The major reason that it’s a bad idea is that some couples simply can’t get along to the extent that is needed to go on a vacation together. You don’t want to ruin the trip by fighting and arguing the entire time, so you need to know if this is something that you and your ex are going to be able to handle.
You may also want to talk to the children to make sure they don’t have any expectations. For example, some children get their hopes up that their parents will get back together when this is not something that’s ever going to happen.
As you plan your vacations and trips this summer, consider all of your options and your parental rights.