Visitation with children after divorce is never quite as simple as it sounds. This holds true no matter if you’re the parent with physical custody or the parent who has been granted visitation rights.
Fortunately, once you have a system in place that works, you can stick with it to improve the likelihood of everyone remaining on the same page. Here are several tips that can help:
- Keep a positive attitude: If your children get the feeling that you’re not okay with the visitation schedule, you can rest assured that they’ll fall into the same trap. A positive attitude is a must for all parties involved.
- Stick to the schedule: A visitation schedule should not be considered a guideline, but instead, the law. If you must make a change, first double-check with the other parent.
- Don’t argue in front of your children: If you have a problem to discuss, do it when your children are not around. For instance, you may take issue with the other parent missing out on a scheduled date with their children. It’s best to discuss these types of things without your children in the room.
- Encourage communication during visits: Maybe your child wants to call their other parent while visiting with you. Don’t tell them no. Instead, encourage them to make a call or send a text message.
Divorce will change your life in many ways, including how you parent your children. If juggling a visitation schedule is a big part of your life, treat it as such. In the event that your ex continually violates the parenting agreement, learn more about your legal rights and how to regain stability.