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What helps a father and child have a long-distance relationship?

When you are a divorced father, every minute you get to spend with your children can be precious. As we have previously written on this blog, there are things that fathers can do to maximize periods of visitation. Most of what we covered in that post applies to fathers who had regular physical access to their children.

However, what about fathers who live so far from their children that regular visitation is simply not possible. No matter how far away children live from their father, interpersonal interaction is still very important. The following are just a few of the things fathers can do to help maintain a long-distance relationship with their children:

  • When your child participates in something special such a recital or a sporting event, you can have a treat like pizza or flowers delivered along with a note expressing your pride in their accomplishments.
  • You can use the Internet, which provides all kinds of opportunities for sharing time by messaging and playing games together.
  • If your child has access to a cellphone, you can simultaneously engage in an activity, such as fishing while talking to one another.
  • From time to time, you can send your child a little extra money for treats such as ice cream or a trip to the movies.

These are just a few ideas, and perhaps you can think of other things that can enhance long-distance parenting time with your child. Hopefully, you have visitation rights that permit you to be with your child at such times as summer vacation and holidays. If this is the case, it is imperative that your child's custodial parent adheres to the terms.

If you are having difficulty with an ex-spouse who is not honoring the visitation terms of your custody agreement, you may wish to contact a family law attorney. The attorney could act on your behalf to help you get the visitation you and your child deserve.

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