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One mother's custody arrangement means a childless summer

When parents divorce, agreeing on a child custody arrangement may be the most challenging part of finalizing the split. Families who have worked through this process understand quite well the hardships that come along with child custody arrangements.

For one single mother of two, her custody arrangement means spending eight weeks each summer without her children. She has primary custody, but her former husband has visitation rights. He is a native of Britain and moved back there several years ago. Now, her children head across the ocean for two months each year.

She explains that it is hard to not get to see her children during the summer and that she has worried about her kids' safety for days at a time this summer when she could not get into contact with her children. Parents whose children spend time with another parent understand that it is difficult to let go of one's kids and enter a life without children or a spouse.

Is it possible for parents to make this time easier? A custody arrangement may seem ideal when it is made, but a sudden change, like a parent moving to another country, can disrupt a perfect custody agreement from operating smoothly.

The mother states that she does find aspects of her child-free summer enjoyable, but for the most part she misses having her children around. Custody arrangements can have major impacts on the lives of every family member. Creating a fitting custody arrangement is important to ensure kids understand what their lifestyle will be and that parents can manage the time spent without their children.

Source: The New York Times, "When visitation lasts all summer," Kimberly Seals Allers, Aug. 26, 2012

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