Long Distance Co-Parenting


These days, co-parenting is a much more popular option than sole custody. Many parents see the benefits of co-parenting and strive to learn how to co-parent and work together after a divorce to raise their children jointly, providing both parents the needed support and involvement. 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?

Long Distance 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 arise, or the co-parent may need to move 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. Relocation does require court approval in Florida, and there are several reasons a judge will deny relocation.

This will be different depending on your parenting style. We dive into this more here: parallel parenting vs co-parenting.

With military divorces, the person 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.

Promoting Communication for Long Distance Parents

Of course, it is also important to communicate 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.

If you need more help, contact our Tampa child custody relocation lawyers.

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