No matter how strong a bond between a child and their parents is before a divorce, it can often change dramatically once they no longer have both parents together. Glendale divorce lawyers at The Sampair Group know that everything around them is changing dramatically, especially the relationship they have with their parents. Here are some ways you can restore your relationship with your child or children after a divorce:
First and foremost, do not make any excuses for why you may be absent from your child’s life. They should be your priority. If you have made the conscious effort to not be a part of their lives, it is your responsibility as an adult and a parent to own up to it. Be honest with yourself and your child about why you have made the decision to not be in your child’s life, and you can either change it and become more involved or you can continue not having them in your life.
Always keep the lines of communication open between you and your child when you are or are not around them. Always make the effort to make phone calls, send emails, cards, or postcards if you are away from them. Never allow the child to fear that they aren’t on your mind.
Do not stop trying to communicate with your child. Even if your phone calls and letters are going unanswered, keep making phone calls and keep sending letters at least once a week. Eventually, it will get through to the child that you still love them and want to be in their life. Never forget to acknow;edge special holidays or birthdays.
Show and keep interest in what is happening in the daily life of your child. Do your best to participate in school and extracurricular activities that your child is partaking in. Know who their friends are and the new hobbies and interests that they pick up as they grow. If there is physical distance between you and your child that makes it difficult to attend school functions and other activities often, communicate with your child’s teachers or coaches. Request copies of their report cards and school pictures. Try your best to help your child with homework over the phone or online webcam chats.
For more information on child custody agreements and if your child will need court-appointed representation, contact a Glendale divorce attorney at The Sampair Group today at Sampair Group.