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Can you still be a good parent if you do not have custody?

If you have recently gone through a divorce, you may have already begun to experience the challenges of rebuilding your life as an independent person. You may have experienced significant changes including a move to another part of Virginia, the loss of companionship or even a change in the amount of time you are able to see and spend with your children. Fortunately, even if you were not awarded full custody of your children, there are still things you can do to make a positive impression and be a great parent. 

While a majority of your ability to forge a strong relationship with your children is contingent on your ex's willingness to allow your children to maintain contact with you, by carefully guarding your role and consistently reminding your children that you love them, you can continue to make a difference in their lives. According to familyeducation.com, one of the first aspects you should explore when creating a child custody arrangement is to agree on some general guidelines for disciplining your children. If you and your ex maintain some form of consistency between households, your children may adjust easier. 

Some of the other things you may consider doing include the following:

  • Take photos of the activities you do with your children. 
  • Do not give into the temptation to spoil your children every time you see them. 
  • Be respectful of your ex despite any hard feelings you may have. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.  

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