How To Nurture Your Child Throughout The Realities Of Custody And Visitation

As you seek to understand the keys to nurturing your child despite divorce or separation from your child's mother or father, it may help to realize what a family law judge will expect. Your child's or children's best interests will be the most essential factors in determining child custody, visitation and child support orders. But your concerns will extend beyond legalities. You want and need clarity about how to protect, care for and love your son(s) or daughter(s) in light of the separate lives you and the other parent will be living.

The law practice of Lindsay K. Richardson, Attorney at Law, focuses on real needs of real people. You and your children matter individually and together — in your family and in the community. Having been born and raised in McKinney by a loving, successful mother who had experienced divorce, lawyer Lindsay K. Richardson can share insights that go beyond your court papers and appearances.

Keys to nurturing your child when you and the other parent are separated or divorced include the following principles:

Focus On Your Child's Best Interests

Don't let your child witness conflict with the other parent. Realize the value of stability and a sense of belonging for every child. Whether your child is in your home or in the other parent's home, he or she should feel safe and loved. Your child should not bear the burden of protecting your feelings or assuaging either parent's sense of guilt. Your child needs the freedom to be a child and grow up with dreams and hopes for the future.

Understand Your Parental Rights And Responsibilities

Find ways to keep your parent-child bonds alive through regular routines. Make the most of whatever time you have with your child, even if it is not as frequent or lengthy as you would prefer. Be dependable and reassuring. Keep extended family in your child's life if possible.

Design A Parenting Plan That Actually Works For Your Texas Family

Take into account critical details such as each parent's work schedules, transportation issues, school calendars and extracurricular activities. Be realistic about the limitations of geographic realities. If having your child with you one fewer night per week means he or she will keep a proper sleep schedule, make the choices that put the child first.

Think Long Term

Even though you and the other parent are living separate lives, your child is (ideally) building a family that includes both. What type of social climate and family support do you hope to see surround your child at his or her future graduations, wedding, birth of future grandchildren and important times in each parent's life? Consider how you can cultivate and contribute to a healthy, caring atmosphere while minimizing conflict and avoiding competition with the other parent.

Be Prepared To Adapt To Changing Family Circumstances With Your Child's Development Needs In Plain View

Perhaps the other parent has become uninvolved over time and now a reunification has become possible. How can you be supportive of their relationship while also protective of your child and vigilant over your own parental rights? Lindsay K. Richardson, Attorney at Law, can help you work out special situations such as this — both legally and conceptually in your way of thinking.

Always Consider The Best Interest Of The Child

For help and answers about sensible, child-centered child custody and visitation in your Collin County family law situation, call 469-343-4990 or send an email request for a free 30-minute consultation.