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Long distance parenting requires support from both parents

When one parent moves away after a divorce, the children involved in the situation may have a big adjustment ahead of them. They might not be able to see their other parent as often as they’re used to doing — and they may even see the parent’s move as a rejection. This is can bring up a host of emotions, but you can help your child through this.

Your children deserve to have a meaningful relationship with both parents, but they might not be sure how they can do this when their other parent isn’t close. You can encourage them to build the relationship by providing them with ample time to call or speak to their other parent. This can happen over the phone, but it might also occur via text or video chats.

Oftentimes, the court looks at how each parent will encourage the relationship with the other when it is trying to come up with a parenting plan that is beneficial to the children. If you aren’t staying positive and aren’t showing that you’re willing to put forth an effort, it might put you in a negative light in court.

When you’re trying to figure out how to handle this aspect of child custody, you also have to think about the maturity of the children. Younger children might need more help than teens. But, you have to watch older children to see if there is something going on beneath the surface since they might not speak up about their feelings.

In all situations related to child custody, you have to do what’s best for the children. This isn’t always easy, but it benefits them in the long run. Find out more about your legal options today.


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