If you are divorcing and have children with your spouse, one of the biggest changes in your life is that your time with your children is going to decrease. In many cases, child custody issues are resolved to name one parent the custodial parent—with whom the children primarily live—while the other parent is the noncustodial parent who sees the children in a more limited manner.
Obviously, the less time you spend with your children, the harder it is to build and nurture your relationship with them. For non-custodial parents—especially if you have young children—it can be a real challenge to attach and bond with your children with limited access to them.
However, your children are a huge part of your world, so don’t allow your limited time to discourage you from trying. Instead, we encourage you to be consistent, active, and thoughtful when it comes to your children. Consider some of the following suggestions:
If you approach your limited time in a healthy and positive manner, this will also help you in the future if you pursue a modification of your custody orders.