These days, co-parenting is a much more popular option than sole custody. Many parents try to work together after a divorce to raise their child jointly, providing the needed support and involvement of both parents.
However, not every divorced couple will stay in the same city after a split. Some may not even stay in the same state or country. In these cases, what can parents do?
Protecting parental rights
The National Conference of State Legislatures looks into cases of co-parenting where one parent is part of the military. There are other situations in which parents may need to move far distances, as well. For example, a crucial job opportunity may come up, or the co-parent may need to move in order to care for an ill or dying relative.
In these cases, it is important to have something worked out in the co-parenting agreement that allows co-parents to settle temporary changes out of court. With those in the military, they can turn to the articles and provisions in acts designed to address this problem. For example, Act 2 of the Uniform Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act gives co-parents the power to work out these arrangements without the oversight of a judge.
Of course, it is also important to keep in communication in all the ways one can. This means relying on technology perhaps more than one feels comfortable with. Try different forms of communication like video or voice chats, text messages and instant messages to see which works best. By reaching out to the child even when living at a distance, the co-parent not living in the area can still keep their communication up and their bond healthy.