If you filed for a divorce recently, and you are in the process of battling for custody of your child, you are most likely uncertain about what the future holds regarding their well-being. There will most likely be a court process held to determine a temporary custody agreement with your soon-to-be ex-spouse, meaning visitation arrangements will be part of the deal to see the other parent. Your child will most likely be confused that they will no longer be staying in one location full-time. Here are some tips you can use to help your child cope with this trying time in an attempt to keep them positive about the situation at hand.
Make the Most of the Time with Each Parent
It is important that your child has quality time with each parent. For you to make the most of a visitation session, it is best for you to focus on doing activities and having discussions about things your child feels are important. Ask them about their school, their friends, and their hobbies so you can get caught up on the experiences they have been having while you have not been around. Do your best not question your child about your spouse's activities during your visitation times. This will likely lead to your child being uncomfortable and make their time with you less enticing as a result.
Indicate You Are Available to Discuss the Situation If Desired
Your child may have many questions about what is going on regarding the divorce and where they fit into the mix. Having a sit-down discussion with your child is best. Let them know they will be spending time with each parent separately rather than together, and address any questions they have regarding the reasons as well as the timeline they will be expected to follow regarding visitation. Some parents try to make the experience feel fun for the child at a time they are confused. This can lead them to keep their feelings bottled up, as they will not want to disappoint you. While making the visitation schedule seem desirable for the child will help make things easier, it is also best to keep the line of communication open rather than glaze over any concerns your child has about the situation.
Devise a Parenting Plan with Your Spouse
Speak with your spouse about devising a plan regarding important aspects in your child's life, such as disciplinary actions, education choices, and medical problems. Working as a team will ensure your child is cared for in the best possible way. Consider drafting a list of important points regarding your child's well-being, and have your spouse read the list over to see if they are in agreement with your desires when it comes to these topics. This way, each parent will be on-board with how to handle a specific situation during the time your child is in their care.
For more ideas, make an appointment with a law firm such as McKissick & McKissick.
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