Review the visitation order with your attorney who has all the details to slow an opinion. Was pendente lite resolved by a stipulation or an order or is it pending?
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There are as many different ways to have summer vacations as there are couples in court. There is no "general" way. It seems there is a summer plan in place and that is a good thing for the child.
It sounds as though the pendente lite order is a bit vague. I agree you should not be deprived of 4 weekends in a row & if the order doesn't otherwise specify, then offer a compromise position. If he still does not agree, then either of you may file a motion with the Court (perhaps an alternative, if permissible by the individual Judge, is to have one of the attorney file for a "pre-motion conference" with the Judge's Law Secretary & see if s/he can resolve the issue short of a motion). For a full assessment, you're best advised to schedule a consultation with a NYC Child Custody attorney.
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I sometimes suspect that I am being too accommodating in my approach to these matters. While it is somewhat difficult to not have the children 4 weekends in a row, you as the custodial parent have the children the bulk of the time. Allow the other parent this "extra time" during the Summer. Fighting on this issue might make the Judge revisit the issue of which parent will be less likely to unreasonably frustrate the non-custodial parent's right of access.
By the way, if you are represented by an attorney, disregard everything you read here, and take your attorney's advice. S/he is the person who knows the most about your specific case.
First, the summer vacation schedule ordinarily trumps the regular parenting schedule. that being said, talk to your spouse if there are no outstanding orders of protection and be honest with hi/her about your concerns, especially if your children are very young. Second, the pendente lite access schedule is not permanent and you can agree in a final divorce agreement (assuming you will not have a custody trial) that summer vacation weeks are not continuous so that exactly the situation you are describing does not happen again.
The cruelty and domestic violence that the divorce is based on has no impact on the financial or custodial issues UNLESS the domestic violence took place in front of the children, in which case you are likely to be headed down a road involving the Administration for Children's Services ("ACS"), and that is never a good situation.
If you don't have a lawyer you trust, you may want to consider finding an attorney immediately,