If you live in Missouri and have a child who does not live with you, visits present a great opportunity for you to spend some quality time with your son or daughter and have a positive impact on his or her life. At Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, we have considerable experience helping clients pursue visitation with their children, and we understand the steps you can take to ensure a smooth visit with your noncustodial child.
According to Huffington Post, one preemptive step you can take to ensure a smooth visit from your son or daughter involves setting clear rules and boundaries with others who live in your home before your child’s arrival. For example, if other kids live with you, clarify the fact that all children in the home must abide by the same rules and stress that everyone, whether there full-time or not, will be held to the same standards. If you have since remarried or begun a romantic relationship with someone new, let this person know that you, and you alone, are to handle disciplinary matters relating to your visiting child.
Another step you can take to make visits with your child go smoothly is to avoid feeling as if you have to spoil him or her or have every minute of every day planned out. It may prove tempting to buy your child clothes, toys and what have you since you may not always be able to do so. Keep in mind, though, that what he or she ultimately needs is to spend time with you and get to know you better.
In other words, if you want to take your child to, say, a concert or a football game, go ahead. Just keep in mind that sometimes a simple walk or discussion around the dinner table can prove just as effective when it comes to forging a genuine connection with your child. More about family law and related issues is available on our web page.