Philadelphia, PA asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Pennsylvania

Q: Is Summer vacation custody time "pure vacation" or is it substituted with regular custody time? When is "Summer"?

If I have child custody on a 3 day weekend, and I need to incorporate taking 7 days of vacation with my child, do I have custody for 10 days, or only 7 days total, effectively losing 3 days of "vacation"? In other words, are the vacation days "pure" vacation days that can be added onto my custody time, or do I have to designate days of regular custody as vacation days even though I already am entitled to that custody time per the agreement? Also, if Summer is not set by the calendar summer start date, when is the official start and end of "Summer" to take vacation?

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Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall
  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Norristown, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: Normally, a comprehensive custody agreement would answer all of your questions by defining all of these terms. If it doesn't -- and make sure you review any written agreement to make sure it doesn't -- then you have two options: (1) go back to court to get the clarifications you seek, or (2) work it out with the other parent. Frankly, the quickest and cheapest option is the latter one, and would also add a feather to both of your caps in terms of co-parenting.

Because there is no "Pennsylvania law" answer to your question, you're going to have to answer it via the courts or among yourselves. Best of luck to you.

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