For two divorced parents who live long-distance, parenting their child can often prove to be difficult for both the parents and the child. Finding ways to co-parent, even with distance, can have a positive impact on everyone involved.
Establishing a visitation schedule is important for all parties involved. A schedule not only ensures that each parent gets an appropriate amount of time with the child, but it also sets expectations. When expectations are set, there is less conflict between the parents, and it cultivates a healthier environment for the child.
One thing that parents might find difficult when co-parenting long-distance is ensuring that both parents are involved equally in child decision-making. With that said, just because one parent lives somewhere else does not mean they shouldn’t have an active role in their child’s life regarding important decisions. For the custodial parent, it’s a good idea to practice including the other active parent in life-changing decisions for the child. For instance, things regarding medical and educational needs should be discussed as they come along.
When two parents divorce and move into their own places, there are going to be house rules set by each individual. As long as those rules do not put the child in any harm, allowing each individual to parent in the way that is most effective for them and the child will produce better results. Even more, when both parents abide by each other’s house rules, this shows mutual respect and creates a better environment for raising the child.
For parents going through a divorce, it may be beneficial to work closely with a family law attorney. An attorney’s responsibility is to put their client’s needs first and help alleviate stress from the divorce process. An attorney may do this by handling specific issues during the process such as child custody and child support.