Co-parenting is usually difficult regardless of distance or the parents’ ability to get along. At Law Thompson, P.C., we understand that there are unique challenges when the noncustodial parent lives farther away. You and other Texas residents may be interested in learning about these challenges, especially if you are just getting divorced and you or the other parent is considering a move.
The team at Livestrong.com has provided some insight into the difficulties of long-distance co-parenting. If you or your ex reside a great distance from your children, the following challenges may arise:
- The children may greatly miss seeing the parent who moves away, especially if they were accustomed to seeing him or her often.
- On the other hand, the children might not want to travel out of state to visit the noncustodial parent.
- The noncustodial parent may feel left out of the kids’ lives and miss seeing them regularly.
- It can be difficult financially to make travel arrangements and to take time off work or handle child care during visitation.
- The relationship between the parents may become more strained with the challenges of long-distance co-parenting.
While it can be hard, it is possible to maintain a good relationship with your children and a cooperative attitude with your ex, no matter how far away you live. Our page on child custody and visitation explains the various challenges you may face while co-parenting, as well as possible solutions for visitation schedules, custody agreements and other issues you may deal with in the coming years.