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How do you handle long distance co-parenting?

On Behalf of | Feb 4, 2022 | Child Custody And Divorce, Divorce

Every parent wants to be physically present during a child’s milestone moments in life. But unfortunately, sometimes jobs or military service can get in the way of that and force one co-parent to move away.

In this situation in the past, it would have been all too easy for communication to break down between the distanced parent and child. But what do things look like today?

A wide array of communication tools

Parents looks into other cases in which parents must make co-parenting work despite great distance between them. Fortunately, the advent of more and more technological communication methods have made it easier to stay in touch with anyone no matter where they are on the planet.

With a wide array of options to choose from, parents can contact their kids via phone calls, video chats, instant messages, texts and emails. It also allows children to have more of a say in preferred methods of communication, since many members of the younger generation have greater familiarity with technology of all sorts.

Factors to consider

Of course, parents will still have to take factors into consideration like time zone differences and obligations of their current job or life situation. They cannot necessarily have open communication indefinitely. However, just the act of knowing they can reach out to a parent whenever they wish and get an answer as soon as possible can ease a child’s sense of anxiety or distance.

In either case, this provides a good way for parents to continue building and maintaining their relationships with their children even if they have to move away for an extended period of time, which is one huge concern off the table.