Going through a divorce with a child involved is challenging. But visitation can help the child stay connected with both parents. Regardless of your visitation type, you and your child can improve your relationship with practical tips.
Visitation with your child can seem strange, particularly in the beginning, as it is new to both of you. However, you can make it comfortable and fruitful. Here are some tips:
1. Have a schedule with your co-parent
You and the other parent need a schedule of how the child will visit each home – although you should be flexible as something may come up with the other parent. Your child may also want to spend time with you outside the schedule.
2. Be on time and communicate clearly
Ensure that you are on time when picking up the child. Also, if you need to reschedule, communicate with the other parent earlier to avoid last-minute misunderstandings. Further, inform the other parent when another person will be part of the visitation, such as family members, friends or a babysitter.
3. Make room for relaxation
Although it’s beneficial to have plans for the visitation, at times, it helps to just hang out. Your child needs to be comfortable in both homes. Thus, it can be odd when they have a planned routine every time they visit. You can simply watch, take a walk or play games to make the visit meaningful.
Include extended family
Your child would like to stay connected with the family as much as they can. Consider including extended family in the visitations provided you inform the other parent.
Respectful and friendly visitations can help a child cope with divorce better. If you moved far, online visitation is a reliable option since in-person visits may not be frequent. Always consider workable solutions that are in the best interest of the child.