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3 tips for long-distance co-parenting

On Behalf of | Dec 6, 2023 | Child Custody

When parents go through a divorce, they don’t always remain in the same place. When one parent moves, there’s a new dynamic that has to be considered. Everyone must adjust to not living in the same home or even the same city.

Long-distance co-parenting isn’t easy for the parents or the children. Both parents have to work as a team so the children can thrive in this situation.

1: Use technology to stay in touch

Advances in technology make it a bit easier for the children to stay in touch with the parent they don’t live with. Video chats, text messages and similar methods are good options for them to share things like bedtime stories, board games or help with schoolwork. The desires and imaginations of the parents and children are the only limitations of the situation.

2: Focus on special in-person visits

Virtual visits aren’t a replacement for in-person visits. Children need to spend time with both parents, so making that happen is important. While the children might not always be able to travel to see their other parent, the parent may be able to make trips to see the children. Even a weekend in between when the children go to that parent’s home can make things easier.

3: Work closely with your co-parent

Parents have to work as a team to make the situation work. Both parents should know about the children’s schooling, health care and extracurricular activities.

Having a solid parenting plan that outlines the specific terms of the co-parenting arrangement can reduce the stress. Getting this set as early as possible is important so everyone is on the same page and can adjust to the new way of life.