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Tips for successful visits with noncustodial children

If you are like many California parents, you may be gearing up for a summertime visit with your noncustodial child. Summer is an ideal time for many parents to reconnect with children who may live far away during the school year, and there are steps you can take to make the most of your limited time together. At Thomas Law Offices, we understand how important it is to maintain relationships with children who do not live in your home, and we have assisted numerous clients in navigating the complexities that sometimes come with doing so.

The Huffington Post offers tips as to how you can maximize time with your noncustodial child and improve your relationship during your time together. First, and this may prove especially helpful when dealing with younger kids, encourage contact between your child and his or her other parent during the visit. Doing so may make your child feel more at ease in your care, because the child may be less likely to feel as if he or she is somehow turning his or her back on the other parent if the two of you maintain a united front.

Additionally, if you now have a new spouse, make sure to be the sole disciplinarian of your visiting child. Speak with your new spouse before the visit to avoid ruffled feathers, and also make an effort to ensure that your visiting child is held to the same standards as any other children living in your home. Keep the rules consistent across the board to avoid generating resentment.

Finally, do not feel as if you have to shell out big bucks or have something special planned for every moment of the visit. The most important thing is to establish and maintain a connection with your visiting child, both for your own sake, and that of your son or daughter.  More information about maintaining a relationship with your child is available on our web page.  

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