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Dealing with an Uninvolved Parent

Following a divorce, you may find that you’ll need to help your children deal with the emotions associated with the breakup, in addition to helping them adjust to a potential new living arrangement or family structure. If your former spouse isn’t making an effort to remain in the children’s lives now that you’ve parted ways, it’s even more imperative that you navigate carefully as you assist children with their recovery.

It’s often said—and it remains true—that parents should refrain from speaking negatively about their exes, especially in front of their children. If, for example, the other parent fails to show up during a scheduled visit or pickup, the child may already have a difficult time coping with the realization without the parent making things worse by adding criticism. However, parents may wish to reinforce that if the other parent does indeed fail to show up, this is not a reflection of the child and that they are more than worthy of unconditional love.

If the other parent perpetually misses visitation, it may be a good idea to be preemptive. This may involve something like requesting other loved ones to spend time with the child or going out to do something fun. If feasible, you may decide that finding a better visitation time with your ex can be helpful.

This update is provided by the firm and Miami family law lawyers of Rafool, LLC. We have a strong reputation throughout Florida and we have numerous years of experience representing clients involved in complex divorce cases as well as other family law matters. Should you have any domestic or family issue, we are here to assist you by providing educated advice and skilled, professional advocacy. Call 305-567-9400 to speak with one of our family law attorneys Miami.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.

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