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Child custody not required for parent-child relationships

It is not uncommon to hear remarks from noncustodial parents in Texas saying that they are only seen as a source for money. There is nothing farther from the truth. The most important responsibility of a noncustodial parent is to maintain a loving and close parent-child relationship. Although it is true that the parent with physical custody needs financial support, there is much more to being a parent, even if you don't have child custody.

A parent who might have been too busy with work-related responsibilities before the divorce may be able to devote quality time to the children during parenting time. When the children are back with the parent who has physical custody, the noncustodial parent can concentrate on other obligations without interruptions by the children. It is not uncommon for noncustodial parents to find they are spending more time with their children after divorce than ever before.

To avoid contention and arguments with the custodial parent, putting certain basic rules in place may be helpful. Too many noncustodial parents try to make up for lost time by spoiling their children during visitation and disregarding discipline. Discipline dished out with a loving touch is known to yield the most positive results. Well-adjusted children of divorce are often those who have similar basic rules at both residences.

When dealing with very small children who are used to being with the parent who has physical child custody, noncustodial parents may want to start off with shorter times and build up as the child grows older and a relationship is formed. Parents may find comfort knowing that experienced family law attorneys may be able to provide assistance with parenting plans that will be workable. Some Texas parents consult with professional divorce mediators and, with the support of their attorneys, solutions might be found.

Source: familyeducation.com, "The Responsibilities of the Noncustodial Parent", Accessed on Nov. 6, 2015

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