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Ways to improve visits with your child

As a parent in Michigan who wants to make every bit of time with your child count, you may be concerned about how to maintain a healthy parent-child bond that can withstand the times you are not able to be together. At The Law Offices of Lorrie J. Zahodnic, P.C., we often answer questions for parents who are wondering how they can best support their relationship with their child during their visitation.

According to The Huffington Post, it is important for you and your child to communicate about your expectations for your visits together. It may not be feasible, or even healthy, for all of your child’s time at your home to be seen as a vacation. Instead, you are welcoming him or her into your life, which may include a new spouse or partner and other children. Consequently, your discussion may need to include household rules, appropriate interactions with half-siblings or step-siblings, and even chores.

If your child’s other parent does not support your relationship with your child, there may be emotional challenges to overcome before your child is able to relax and enjoy being with you. Reacting rather than remaining respectful toward your former spouse may make the situation worse, even though it may be difficult to stay positive. By making it your goal to be your best self while you are with your child, you provide a good example and increase your opportunities for creating happy memories together. More information about child custody and visitation is available on our web page.

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