For a less-involved parent, the trade-off from regular weekends to spring, summer and winter vacation from school may be a viable one.
Most of all, the move should not be made for the purpose of frustrating the other's visits. The cooperative parent who is willing to sacrifice to protect the other's rights (note I did not say be a doormat) will score points in the judge's eyes.
Barbara Walton is an attorney practicing family law in northwestern Pennsylvania. She has a bachelor's degree in English from Kent State University and obtained her law degree in 1986 from the University of Miami in Coral Gables. Divorced twice, she is the mother of three, step-parent of four, all teenagers except one.
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