When you have a parent that is relocating with your children, you may seem lost. The fear that comes with long distance co-parenting can be overwhelming and as if it isn’t hard enough to co-parent when a child lives relatively close, it is so much harder when your child lives states away. Even if you are the parent that is relocating, the adjustment to long distance co-parenting can be just as overwhelming for you. However, there are things you can do to make your relocation transition easier. If you or a loved one is seeking to relocate while having a child custody arrangement or separation agreement in place, contact an experienced North Carolina child custody modification attorney to help you with your case.
How Can We Make it Work?
If you are the parent being left behind and the other parent is relocating with your child, you may be going through a mixture of emotions: devastation, angriness, bitterness. Where you once may have seen your child every other day you now have to wait every other week or maybe even summers. However, there are ways that you can stay involved in your child’s life. These ways can consist of:
- Texting and emails
- FaceTime and Skype
- Shared calendars
- Helping virtually with homework
- Sending care packages
- Talking to your child regularly and asking questions about the different things that are going in their lives
Because technology is so big in today’s time, the most promising way to keep a relationship with your child is using the technology around you.
If you are the parent that is relocating and leaving the other parent behind, you may have a whole set of different emotions: frustration and guiltiness to name a few. However, it is just as important for you to help your child maintain their relationship with their other parent as it is for the other parent to keep a relationship with the child. If you are the parent that is relocating, the best thing you can do is to be a supportive co-parent. Support your child’s other parent and their attempt to stay connected with the child, while encouraging your kids to maintain regular contact with their other parent. One last thing you can do is to ensure that the other parent is updated as to any events that are going on in your child’s life. When both parents are striving towards a positive relationship between parent and child, the child benefits and co-parenting can become a lot easier.
Need Legal Advice?
Co-parenting is hard. Whether due to value differences or relocation, co-parenting is hard. Though difficult, it is not impossible. This is especially so if everyone involved is keeping their child’s best interest at heart. When both parents are putting in the effort for their child, the child will benefit which will in turn strengthen the relationship between child and parent. Because of this, if you or a loved one is seeking to relocate and you have a child custody arrangement or separation agreement in place, contact an experienced North Carolina child custody modification attorney at The Law Office of Dustin S. McCrary to help you with your case. Contact our office today for a consultation.