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Visitation After Divorce: Tips to Help Your Kids Adjust

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Making the Most Out of Time-Sharing

Despite the many difficulties that come with divorce, visitation doesn’t have to be one of them. Visitation, in Florida, known as time-sharing, can be an opportunity for parents to make the transition of living arrangements to go smoother. Here are some tips when it comes to spending time at mom’s or dad’s house.

Keep a Positive Attitude

Having a positive, upbeat attitude when your child comes to visit can make all the difference in helping your child adjust to new living arrangements. It’s also important to speak positively about your ex-spouse when in the presence of your child. Bad-mouthing the other parent can make them feel like they have to choose sides.

Refrain From Arguments in Front of Children

When it comes to drop off and pick up time, you’ll probably have to come face-to-face with your ex. If you have a problem to discuss with your ex, do so without children present. Instead, set up a convenient time for both of you to discuss matters when children aren’t around to listen in on the conversion.

Keep “Comfort Items” on Hand

Allowing your children to bring their favorite items to your home can help them acclimate to their new environment. A favorite stuffed animal, blanket, or book can comfort them while away from their other parent.

Encourage Phone Calls

When a child spends time with one parent, it’s natural for them to miss the other. Making your child feel comfortable calling your ex-spouse while they are with you can help them feel more secure and comfortable with their new situation. It’s critical to show your child that communication with the other parent during your time-share is okay. Fostering a positive relationship with your ex demonstrates your willingness to have your child’s best interest in mind.

Considering Divorce? Contact a Jacksonville Divorce Lawyer For Help.

Filing for divorce, especially when child custody and time-sharing are involved, is an emotional experience. Having support from an experienced divorce attorney can ensure your rights are protected, and the best interests of your children are always a priority.

If you are considering a divorce or need help shaping a parenting plan, we are here to help. Our experienced and compassionate Jacksonville divorce lawyers will be there for you every step of the way.

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