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Considerations of long distance parenting

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When you don't live in the same state as your child, you might face some additional challenges when it is time to have your parenting time. You are going to need to use advanced planning to ensure that you can still spend your allotted time with your child.

Many factors can come into the picture in these cases. One of the most important is that you and your ex will have to work as a team to make this type of situation work. This is what is best for the child, so personal feelings shouldn't ever be a factor.

Children who are in school will likely only be able to visit a parent who isn't in the area when school is on break. This includes summers and holiday breaks. Sometimes, parents can also work out time for the child to go see the non-custodial parent over a long weekend.

The cost of travel is another consideration. This should be clearly noted in the parenting plan. Are both parents responsible for equal shares of the travel expense? What is classified as a travel expense? How are the payments going to be made? The more information you have about this in the order, the easier the situation might be to go through.

Your child should be able to have a meaningful relationship with both parents. Since one parent isn't always around the child, virtual visits might be helpful. This includes using online methods like video chats, phone calls, and text messages to stay in touch. If the parent lives in a different time zone as the child, the schedule for these should be based on the child's time. All of these details should be covered in your parenting plan.

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