Child Custody: Summer Visitation for Non-Custodial Parents
Emotionally and mentally, when preparing to spend time with your child during the summer visitation period, the non-custodial parent should work through feelings of anger and hurt which linger and may still be associated with the divorce, before the child comes to visit in the summer. Expressing negative feelings or comments to the child, with regard to the custodial parent, will only serve to alienate the child and, may, result in adverse interaction between the child and the non-custodial parent during the summer visitation period. What is important to understand, as the non-custodial parent, is the child’s degree of loyalty to the custodial parent. As a result, inquiring of issues or activities of the custodial parent is highly discouraged and, instead, the non-custodial parent should focus on topics of discussion involving the child, exclusively, coupled with discussions regarding the child and non-custodial parent’s relationship, during the summer visitation period.
In addition to professional and emotional preparedness, non-custodial parents should remain actively involved in the child’s life throughout the school year, prior to summer visitation. Be prepared to discuss and engage the child in conversations surrounding achievements and activities which took place during the school year. In doing so, the child may develop a sense of interest from the non-custodial parent and, in turn, create a more solid bond.
As with any child visitation or child custody arrangements, maintaining involvement with a child’s activities and life will provide for the most optimal outcome when summer visitation arrives. From parents who are actively involved to parents who are displaced by geographical distance, maintaining communication with the child, throughout the year, will ensure a more pleasant transition through the summer visitation period.
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