You have just made the decision to get divorced in Florida and while you are relieved at the thought of having freedom from all of the marital woes of your past, you are concerned about how this change will affect your children. At The Minaya Law Offices, PLLC, we have helped many families to put together a plan for child custody that are beneficial to both parties.
One of the most important things for you to remember is that if you are not granted sole custody, your role as a non-custodial parent is still incredibly important. Downplaying your influence can only hurt your relationship with your children and leave you feeling defeated and worthless. According to verywellfamily.com, there are many common myths associated with being the non-custodial parent including the following:
- You selfishly gave up custody.
- You are not capable of caring for your children.
- You do not play as important of a role as your custodial ex.
- You are not involved in the life of your children.
The first step in accepting your new parenting role is to get past these myths and put the opinions of others aside. Once this is done, be proactive about creating a visitation schedule. Establish times when you will visit your children and be involved in their activities and do your best to be consistent about being there. Rely on your support system and remember that these changes will take time for everyone to adjust to.
By remembering these suggestions and doing your best to remain optimistic, you can grow into your role as a non-custodial parent and continue to play an important part in raising your children. For more information about child custody, visit our web page.