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With most cases, the desire for the majority of divorced fathers to maintain an active presence in their child’s life can be an emotional and often frustrating challenge. For most, it is often hard enough to have been a strong role model while living within the family home but following divorce, most fathers feel that the physical every day contact has turned into an untethered existence in their child’s life, often diminishing the emotional connection as well.
Even in the most of amicable dissolutions of marriage staying connected can be difficult. The following advice can assist fathers wishing to staying active in their child’s life following divorce.
Understanding the Effects of Divorce on the Child
Without living in the family home, fathers may not often witness the immediate and every day impact the divorce has had on the child. It is suggested that fathers seek expert advice on what to expect as the child adjusts to the new family model.
Resist Immediate Relocation
Although the flight or fight reflex may be a knee jerk reaction, it is best not to implement immediate relocation plans. Fathers should keep home base in close to proximity to the child directly following the divorce. Even though the father becomes the non-custodial parent, staying close to home is always in the best interest of the child.
Accept Responsibility and Maintain Timely Child Support Obligations
As the non-custodial parent, facing the responsibilities of life after divorce may focus on child support and court appointed visitation. Staying current and making the most out of visitation dates will protect the relationship with the child. Any questions regarding how child support is calculated or various options for co-parenting can be discussed with a qualified family law attorney.
Opt for Joint Custody
Joint custody requires dedication and equal parts of juggling ability and patience but overall promotes stability for the child as both parents accept parental responsibilities.
Although sharing custody can increase both anxiety levels for both parents when dealing with the absent parent, keeping a clearly defined schedule can promote a positive environment for the child.
For most parents, the emotional well-being of a child involved in the divorce process remains a priority. If you are currently facing divorce, the experienced Hinsdale family law attorneys of Martoccio & Martoccio would like to help. As challenging as divorce can be, our legal team is committed to working in the best interest of not only soon-to-be divorced dads but the child as well. Contact our offices today to schedule your free consultation.