The warm weather that sets in when spring arrives in Clinton Township means only one thing: Summer is right around the corner. If you are like most, then you typically take advantage of the extra daylight (as well as your kids not having school) to go on an extended vacation. Yet now that you are going through a divorce, how are you to still enjoy summertime activities with your kids while also having to adhere to a visitation schedule?
Michigan family courts understand that there are certain seasons and occasions that make sticking with a set custody schedule difficult. Thus, special guidelines have been developed that account for holidays and special events such as Christmas, Mother's and Father's Day, and even summer break. While these guidelines may differ slightly between jurisdictions, the Michigan State Court Administrative Office has set some general standards that can be used as basis for coming up with a visitation schedule. Regarding summer break, it says that if you are the non-custodial parent, you are entitled to four consecutive weeks of custody beginning on the first Friday after the Fourth of July. The hope is that this would give you ample time to head out of town with the kids for an extended period of time if you choose. Specifically speaking of the Fourth of July, if you are your children's father, you get custody of the kids on that day in even-numbered years, and vice-versa if you are their mom.
If you are the custodial parent, you are entitled to weekend custody during your ex-spouse's extended custodial period in July. Those weekends would commence on the second Friday of that four-week period.