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How can I be a better father after a divorce?

As a divorced father in Florida, you surely know how important it is to play a significant role in the life of your child. This can be difficult to do in the wake of a divorce, especially when your relationship with your former spouse is contentious. It is possible to forge a strong and loving relationship with your child under these circumstances however, as illustrated by VeryWellFamily.com.

Maintain a civil relationship with your ex

If you were granted joint custody, working things out with your ex is crucial. Even if there is lingering animosity you must establish a civil and courteous relationship for the health of your kids. Keep all disagreements between you and your ex and consult with your legal team if you have concerns about child support of custody issues. Also, refrain from speaking ill of your former spouse in front of your child.

Create a parenting plan

Parenting plans are highly beneficial when you have joint custody. Plans spell out the decision-making process as well as establish things like visitation schedules and other issues. While working out a plan can be challenging, doing so now will help you build a frame work for future parenting issues.

Use technology to stay in contact

If you live far away or often travel for work, you can stay in touch using technology. Social media and video calling can strengthen the bond between you and your child until you can meet up again. Also, make the most of the physical visitation time you do have. That doesn’t mean you must take your kids on expensive, fun-filled trips or ply them with gifts. Instead, focus on creating a quality bonding experience, even if you just spend an afternoon coloring at home.  

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