What can help a father optimize visitation time?

If you are a recently divorced father who has been granted visitation rights, you may be trying to figure out how to make your new arrangements work. You may even feel a little apprehensive about how your divorce will affect your relationship with your children. After all, you will now be seeing your children according to a prearranged schedule, rather than every day at home.

The first thing to keep in mind is that a child needs and wants to spend time with his or her father. And it is important that your time together helps build a strong parent-child relationship. So what sorts of things can a father do to get the most out of his visitation sessions?

Well, a Men's Rights Advocate and author offers some suggestions to keep in mind. First, don't expose your children to any anger you may have toward your ex-spouse. Be especially careful not to project that hostility onto the children themselves. Also, refrain from arguing with your ex in front of the children. Try to get your ex to agree to keep the verbal disagreements away from the children.

Another thing to watch out for is feeling guilty for your family's present condition. Many fathers will beat themselves up, believing that they are the sole cause for the divorce. But constant feelings of guilt could negatively alter your behavior and impact your relationship with your children.

Another thing that could have a negative impact on your relationship with your children is being denied your visitation rights. It is in both your and your children's best interest that you be allowed your time together as dictated by your visitation agreement. If your ex is refusing to abide by the agreement, a Florida family law attorney may be able to help you get the situation corrected. There are a number of steps that could be taken to help maintain your visitation rights.

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