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Common Visitation Mistakes

Visitation Mistakes Parents Often Make

Divorce and visitation are really hard on kids. As a parent, you don’t want to make a difficult situation even worse. Unfortunately, many custodial and non-custodial parents do just that. Here are some of the worst things you can do with visitation.

  • Use visitation as a tool to either punish or reward your ex-spouse—This applies to both sides. Custodial parents may falsely claim that children are sick. Non-custodial parents may claim they are unable to take children as agreed upon. In both instances, the children become pawns and they know it.
  • Use the time when children are picked up to discuss difficult issues—Disagreement is a part of life, but it doesn’t have to take place in front of your children. If you have a conflict that is between you and your ex-spouse, don’t discuss it in front of your children. They usually lack the development to understand that a simple disagreement won’t lead to a serious result.
  • Make your children feel guilty about visiting the other parent—It may often be entirely unintentional, but when you tell your children that you will miss them when they are with the other parent, they are inclined to feel responsible and guilty for leaving.
  • Let your children make the decisions about when and how long they will visit their non-custodial parent, or when they will go home—This puts unnecessary pressure on the child, as they don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings, but find themselves in a no-win situation.

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