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Navigating child visitation after divorce

On Behalf of | Apr 15, 2024 | Child Custody |

Child visitation after divorce can be a complex and emotionally charged issue for both parents and children. It is important to prioritize the well-being and best interests of the child when dealing with this issue.

Parents should review key points and tips for making child visitation after divorce as smooth and positive as possible.

Working together

According to the Department of Children and Family Services, every non-custodial parent in Louisiana has the right to visitation with their minor child so long as there are no abuse allegations. It is vital for parents to communicate openly and honestly with each other about visitation schedules and arrangements. Clear and consistent communication can help reduce misunderstandings and conflicts. This can create a more stable and predictable visitation routine for the child. When developing a visitation schedule, it is important to take into account the child’s age, school schedule, extracurricular activities and other commitments.

Flexibility is key. Often, unforeseen circumstances arise that require adjustments to the visitation schedule. Both parents should be willing to work together to make necessary changes and accommodations when needed. Children may experience a range of emotions, including confusion, sadness and anger. Parents should create a supportive and nurturing environment for the child during visitation. They should encourage them to share their feelings and experiences.

Staying consistent

Consistency is important when it comes to visitation arrangements. Children thrive on routine and predictability, so parents need to stick to the agreed-upon visitation schedule as much as possible. This can help create a sense of stability and security for the child during a time of significant change.

Above all, it is important for parents to focus on the child when making decisions about visitation. By working together and putting the child first, parents can set up visitation arrangements with care and compassion.