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Five Steps to Making the Most of Single Fatherhood

Five Steps to Making the Most of Single Fatherhood

There have been sweeping changes in recent years affecting divorced fathers and the time they spend with their children. Gone are the days of fathers seeing their children only on alternate weekends and vacations. In the last few decades, fathers have succeeded in securing increased involvement in parenting tasks after divorce, with shared decision-making over their children’s lives becoming more common.

As a non-custodial parent, you should be aware of your rights. According to Ohio statute, the non-residential parent of a child has a right to maintain continuing contact with their children. If your former spouse does not comply with a plan for shared parenting or is obstructive when it comes to your visitation arrangements, consult with an attorney.

To maintain frequent and continuing contact with your children, consider the following tips:

  • Minimize conflict with your former spouse. The more amicable your relationship, the more flexible you will both be about matters relating to your shared parenting plan.
  • Choose to live within close proximity of your children. Parents who remain within a reasonable distance of their former partner spend more physical time with their children. When your children are old enough to travel short distances unaccompanied, they are more likely to visit you on their own.
  • Get involved in their day to day lives. Children are likely to feel more connected to fathers who engage in everyday aspects of their lives. Participate in parent-teacher conferences, take your kids to the optometrist or dentist, and stay updated about who their best friends are and their latest antics together.
  • Share your knowledge and skills. Teach your kids to do the things you enjoyed as a child, from swimming or riding a bike to playing chess or solving a Rubik’s cube.
  • Treat the other parent with respect. Don’t give in to the temptation of deriding your former spouse in front of your children. Holding back is likely to work in your favor in the long term, as you gain your children’s respect for your mature and responsible attitude.

If you are a father in the process of getting divorced, take charge of your parenting responsibilities and remain an involved and loving dad. Your child custody attorney can assist with creating a practical plan for shared parenting. Call the compassionate and experienced professionals at Dayton’s Fox and Associates CO., LPA on (937) 204-1555, or contact us online.

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