It’s Time to Start Thinking Summer!!

Unless your Court Order states otherwise, if you are a “non-custodial” parent, you are coming up on the April 1st deadline to elect your summer parenting time as stated in the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines. Failure to elect your one-half of the summer break by April 1st means that the custodial parent gets to set the summer schedule without your input!

For children ages 5 and older, the non-custodial parent is to select his or her one-half of the summer break no later than April 1st of each year, both in writing and verbally. Summer parenting time may be scheduled in one or two segments, distance permitting. As a practical matter and whenever possible, summer parenting time should also be selected to correspond with the Memorial Day holiday (if the children are out of school by that date) or the July 4th holiday so that the parent who has each holiday has the one-half of the break in which the holiday falls. For 2013, the custodial parent will exercise parenting time during the Memorial Day holiday and the non-custodial parent will exercise parenting time during the July 4th holiday. This time should also be scheduled to accommodate a parent’s work schedule to permit the most quality time with the child. Both parents are responsible to provide transportation for the child to mandatory school-related functions, such as summer school or mandatory summer practices such as for football or band.

For children ages 3 and 4, the non-custodial parent may have 4 non-consecutive weeks throughout the year, which do not necessarily have to be during the summer. Regardless, the non-custodial parent shall provide 60-days’ notice of the selected week. It may be practical for the parent to elect all 4 weeks at the same time to permit both parents to create work, vacation and child-care schedules.

During summer parenting time, if the block of time exceeds two weeks, the custodial parent gets to have some parenting time, distance permitting. This means, for example, that if Mom normally has parenting time every other weekend until Monday morning and every Wednesday overnight during the school year, Dad will have that same schedule during Mom’s summer parenting time and vice versa.

Confusion and conflict can arise if summer/extended parenting time conflicts with holidays and “special days” like birthdays, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. As a reminder, summer parenting time takes precedence over regular parenting time. Holidays or Special Days — such as July 4th weekend or Father’s Day weekend — take precedence over summer parenting time. The newly revised Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines (effective March 1, 2013) also provide that when a child’s birthday falls within a holiday or Special Day, it will be celebrated with the parent who has that holiday or Special Day for that year. When a parent’s birthday falls within a holiday or Special Day, the holiday or Special Day takes precedence over the birthday.

If you are confused about your parenting time schedule and the looming April 1st deadline, contact Wanzer Edwards, PC for more information specific to your family.

6 Responses to “It’s Time to Start Thinking Summer!!”

  1. April 05, 2014 at 1:49 pm, Chas said:

    My ex did not put in writing this year, what he wanted for his summer break so, this is the first year I get to choose. I’m confused on how this will work to my advantage and need some input!?


    • February 01, 2016 at 7:37 pm, Nate said:

      > Sad that the first thing thought of is “advantage”. Why not, as a good parent, think of how it would best make the child feel, and for co-parenting.


  2. May 22, 2014 at 3:05 pm, Lindsey Ridener said:

    I need severe help quickly please. I am a mother
    Of 2 girls one 8 and one 4 with my ex husband
    And girlfriend have created a summer schedule
    I did do mine and mailed as they claim they never
    Received so now they have made a calander
    There are a total of 68 days of summer vacation
    Which they have split up mid weeks and few days
    Here and there for me we have a scheduled vacation
    Which I have moved to not be on Father’s Day
    They claim they have something activity
    For the girls 2 days that weekend and have never been
    Cooperative at all. I need help and quickly on how
    To do my calander I have them signed up for
    Several activities as I am the non custodial
    And they claim they have activities which I
    Am never told about. As we’ll they will spend
    Every day they aren’t with me with his girlfriend.
    I am sure by reading the Indiana parenting guidelines
    I am allowed to have the girls when he isn’t home as she
    Isn’t considered a household family member. Thank you in advance
    Hope to get a reply soon Lindsey


  3. June 08, 2014 at 5:23 pm, Chen Su said:

    Regarding summer vacation, the IPTG did not specify if a custodial parent is supposed to have alternating weekends, and Wednesday overnights, but is unable to enjoy such because the noncustodial parent is out of town with child all the time. Does she get to have make-up time then?


  4. August 06, 2014 at 9:56 pm, Tabatha Carrt said:

    We split the summer where we (the custodial parent) had our daughter for 2 weeks. Then her mother had her 2 weeks. Summer is over and know we are trying to go back to the normal schedule before summer started which would mean this weekend we would have her daughter. Her mother is saying it’s her weekend because the summer was a holiday and our ‘scheduled’ weekend fell on the last day of summer. Does the summer count as a holiday or do we go back to the normal schedule before summer?


  5. September 07, 2015 at 10:53 pm, J David said:

    As of April 1st, my son was 4 years old. On May 1st, I gave my final 3 weeks of extended parenting time with no dispute from custodial parent. Our son turned 5 during the last week of July and she’s refusing my weeks now that he’s “5.” Am I just out my time the rest of the year or am I still entitled to my selected time, as he was still 4 for majority of the summer break? HELP!


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