At this point, all of the schools in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia are out for summer. If both parents work, you are already familiar with putting together the schedule of camps, babysitters and vacation plans. It can be a delicate balance, and sometimes starting to plan as early as January or February is necessary!
However, it is common for parenting plans and custody orders to allow the parties to alternate choosing vacation or camp weeks, for example. April and May are common deadlines for choosing, which can make planning difficult, especially if you don't have the kind of relationship where you can collaborate with your ex. Ideally, an online calendar can be a great way to keep track of plans, and even coordinating payment arrangements. If you anticipate you will need the intervention of the courts to set vacation or summer schedules, plan well in advance, as the litigation process is not speedy. Mediation or use of a parent coordinator can be an effective way to work through these kinds of disputes.