Peaceful Visitation: A Collaborative Effort is Required

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Divorced couple playing with their child on the swing

Divorce is difficult for everyone involved, particularly the children. Parents worry about the kids, wondering if they’ll be okay.

The Huffington Post’s article “7 Ways Divorce Affects Kids, According to the Kids Themselves” reveals divorce from the point-of-view of the children. The article, which focused on a Reddit thread, contained a mix of positive and negative responses.

In general, the kids were OK when the divorce results in happier parents, but never when mom and dad fight viciously over them—even after the divorce.

To make it easier for kids, it’s important for parents to collaborate peacefully in everything, especially with the visitation process. Despite the bitterness, Kufferlaw.com, an Albuquerque family law attorney, reminds couples that withholding visitation is never the answer. Instead, parents should put their differences aside and work together.

Positivity for Smoother Transition

Custodial parents should stay cheerful during discussions of the non-custodial parent’s visit. Differences between spouses may overshadow plans every now and then, but it’s important to stay positive for the sake of the kids.

It helps to know a bit of the kids’ activities with the other parents. Doing so eases the transition and offers assurance to the children.

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Time Matters

Kids appreciate it when their parents are around, especially for the big moments. The presence of both parents makes them feel important, so divorced spouses should still focus on the kids whenever they are together.

During the visitation, the kids are the priority; the proceedings can wait.

No to Arguments

Fights affect your kids. Hostile arguments can make kids anxious, distraught, or aggressive. Visitation isn’t a time for arguments about custody or alimony; it’s the time to focus on the kids. During the drop off/pickup time, both mom and dad should be as cordial as possible. They can discuss divorce-related arguments when the kids are not in the room.

Collaboration between parents is essential in making visitations positive—not stressful. The marriage may have ended, but good parenting never stops.