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Visitation Tips for Recently Divorced Parents

Every divorce is unique, and every divorced couple has its own set of circumstances, making generic advice often unhelpful. Nevertheless, at the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC, our attorneys believe that certain tips and guidance can benefit most parents who have recently gone through a divorce. In this article, we’ll share valuable insights on post-divorce child visitation.

Child Visitation After Divorce Can Be Challenging

After retaining attorneys, investing time and money, and finalizing the divorce process with a signed court order, the divorce is officially complete. Parents have divided assets, set living arrangements, and now must adjust to their new reality.

Arrangements can be challenging for both parents and children as they signify a significant change. The transition from a single home to splitting time between two households, as ordered by the court, can feel unnatural and uncomfortable for all parties, regardless of their age.

Numerous resources, including books, papers, and blog posts, offer guidance on how to manage this transition when a child goes from having one home to suddenly having two.

Putting Children’s Interests First

How can parents create an environment where children feel comfortable and happy while maintaining civil and respectful interactions, despite having recently concluded a legal battle?

First and foremost, our Houston divorce attorneys advise clients to prioritize their child’s needs for love and proper adjustment. While most clients genuinely act out of love for their child, some may lose sight of their true goals in divorce, turning it into a means of settling scores or righting perceived wrongs against their ex-spouse.

Regardless of the outcome, once the dust settles, the child faces the most significant adjustment due to the changes their parents have made. Recognizing the child’s best interests means accepting that they now have two homes. It’s not about valuing one home more than the other; it’s about equally valuing both parental relationships with the child.