Ways for Non-Custodial Parents to Stay Involved

In most custody cases, one parent will be named as the custodial parent, which is the parent with whom the child will live most of the time. The other parent becomes a non-custodial parent, seeing the child at times specified in the parenting time schedule. Being a non-custodial parent may not be your ideal scenario, but many parents are able to remain deeply involved in their child’s life in this situation. Follow these tips to stay involved with your child.

  • Make it clear that your home is your child’s home. Create a room or space for your child to call his own when with you. Make sure your child understands that he or she is welcome and is part of this home.
  • Use technology to stay connected on a daily basis. Texts, Skype, email, and Facebook messaging are great ways to stay in touch throughout the day. These don’t have to be significant moments, but small ongoing contact will allow you and your child to feel connected.
  • Make parenting time a priority. Make sure your child knows how important this time is to you and how happy you are to share it with her.
  • Stay informed. Ask teachers, coaches, doctors, and other professionals involved in your child’s life to keep you updated about what is happening and how your child is doing. Proactively call for updates and to make sure you get calendars, performance and game dates.
  • Attend events as often as possible. You may only have scheduled parenting time on weekends, but that doesn’t mean you can’t show up to watch your son’s basketball game or your daughter’s twirling practice. Go to plays, games, science fairs, open houses and all other events parents are invited to as often as you can.

At DeTorres & DeGeorge your future is our focus. Call us to find out how we can help you with your divorce or family law case.

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DeTorres and DeGeorge Family Law is a New Jersey based family law firm that has been helping New Jersey residents achieve the best possible results in their divorce for nearly 30 years. The DeTorres and DeGeorge Family Law team is always ready to fight for their clients’ rights – determined to help New Jersey families overcome legal challenges from start to finish. Our legal team, with over 65 years of combined experience, provides expert guidance on all family law and divorce-related matters, including custody and parenting time, alimony and child support, equitable distribution of assets, premarital agreements, post-divorce issues, executive compensation distribution, divorces for business owners, and divorce mediation. The firm has been recognized for its dedication and expertise in the industry by multiple local and national organizations, including Super Lawyers, Law Firm 500, and the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. Rosanne DeTorres, Managing Partner, is one of 150 lawyers certified as a matrimonial law attorney.

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