A child who has parents who don't live close to each other might end up not being able to spend much time with one of his or her parents. This is a difficult situation for the child. The good news is that the improvements in technology can help the child have a more meaningful relationship with both parents.
When you aren't your child's custodial parent, you might have visitation rights in the child custody order. Being able to see your child and build a meaningful relationship with your child depends on you being able to have those visits. This is one reason why it is ultimately important for you to take the time you need to spend with your child.
Seeing your child is important because this is the only way that you can build a relationship with the child. For parents who are divorced or no longer in a relationship, the child custody order guides them on who gets to spend time with the child when. It is important that the order is followed so that both parents get to build that relationship with their child.
Parents who are dealing with child custody issues know that it is often difficult to force a child to go spend time with the other parent when the child doesn't want to go. This unwillingness can be because of a host of reasons, but one thing is certain -- the parent who isn't getting their visitation or custody time might turn to the court with allegations that the child custody order isn't being followed.
In our previous blog post, we discussed how child custody orders can impact a custodial parent's ability to move out of state. That is an area that is very confusing for many people because we live in a country that is said to be free, but for some people the inability for an adult to move is somewhat confusing.
The changes that adults make after a divorce can often involve moving. For people who live in Shelby County, even a short move can lead them over state lines. Moving to West Memphis or Jonesboro would land you in Arkansas. Moving to Olive Branch would land you in Mississippi. That's not really a big deal -- unless you have children.
For some parents, the likelihood of being able to see their child on a regular basis isn't very high. In many cases, this is because the parent and the child don't live close to each other. Think about a military member who is stationed overseas while his or her child lives with the other parent in the United States. Being able to see the child every other weekend would be virtually impossible. In those cases, parents might have to get creative with ways they can participate in their child's life.
While custody and visitation are closely related, they are actually two separate issues. It can often take parents quite some time to come to an agreement on custody, and many times, these matters have to be resolved by the family court judge. However, even once legal and physical custody is determined, there is still the matter of visitation.
Custody and visitation rights are a common area of concern for divorcing fathers or those who have fathered children outside of marriage and want to continue the relationship with the child. While they are very closely intertwined, custody and visitation are really two separate issues. Understanding what your rights are as a father in these cases is the first step toward getting a court order established.
When relationships and marriages break up, there can be a lot of collateral damage done to the family relationships. One such relationship that can be shattered is the one between children and their grandparents.