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How to Keep the Non-custodial Parent Involved
by Kim Hess

In some cases it is better if one parent has the children living with them. This means spending more time with the child and assuming the majority of the responsibility. This should not exclude the non-custodial parent from being involved in their child's life and upbringing.  Here are some ways to include the non-custodial parent in your child's.

Encourage Your Ex

Make it clear to your former spouse that you want them to continue to play a big role in your child's life.  Let your ex know they are welcome to enjoy special days like holidays and birthdays with their child.

Encourage Outings

If you are comfortable, encourage your ex  to take your child on special outings that may not be part of the regular visitation arrangement.  Sporting events, movies, and other activities is a great way to involve the other parent.

Encourage Your Child

Have your child call, email, or send text messages to their other parent at any time.  Support your child in inviting the other parent to special events such as school plays, awards ceremonies, games and tournaments, and parties. Let your child take their school work, art projects, and special awards to show to the other parent.

Encourage Yourself

Try to eliminate, or have a low level of hostility when dealing with your ex.  Work on cooperating with your child's other parent. Your ex will be more comfortable being involved with the child if there are few arguments and less anger between the two of you.

The adjustment of having two full time parents to one custodial and one non-custodial parent is often a difficult transition for everyone involved.  Remember, the more time your child spends with the other parent, the more involved and better their relationship will be.  The
benefits to the non-custodial parent being involved in your child's life means better self esteem for your child, a loving parent-child bond for your ex, and some well deserved free time for you!

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