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Making the most of visits with noncustodial children

If you are a Texas father, but your child does not live with you, you may not get to spend time with your son or daughter as often as you might like. Even spending limited amounts of time with you can have a sizable impact on your child’s overall well-being, however, so rather than see those weekends, vacations or summers as all-too-brief periods, try and view them as opportunities. At the Law Office of Brian Turner, we recognize the importance of fathers spending time with their children, and we have helped many Texas fathers pursue custody, visitation and parenting time.

If your child is coming to your home to spend time with you, Huffington Post advises that you try and avoid feeling as if you have to pack pricy activities into every moment of every day. Odds are, what your son or daughter desires most is to simply spend time with you and get to know this side of the family better, and this can be done over dinner, on a walk or simply sitting in the living room talking.

You can also help ensure a smooth visit with your noncustodial child by setting expectations beforehand with others who live in your home. Do you have other children living with you full-time? Make every effort to treat your visiting child in the same manner you do your custodial children. Make sure everyone must obey the same rules, and if you have since started a new relationship, make sure that you, and not your new partner, are in charge of disciplining your visiting child, if necessary.

Finally, resist the temptation to make wisecracks or demeaning statements about your ex, even if your feelings toward her are strong and negative. This can help your child feel more comfortable while staying with you, and it may also help him or her avoid feeling as if he or she is “abandoning” the other parent by spending time with you. More about custody, visitation and parenting time is available on our web page.


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