Divorcing parents can maintain their parent-child bond

For Rhode Island parents going through a divorce, the issues that can often be contentious are those related to their children. Issues of child custody and parenting time can be some of the most heavily debated. However, facilitating a positive co-parenting relationship and a close parent-child bond for both parents can be an important means for them to provide support for their children regardless of their own relationship issues.

In the United States, one out of every three children lives in a home separate from their biological father. Over 40 percent of first marriages end in divorce as do 60 percent of second marriages. However, divorce and living separately does not have to mean that children lose their bonds with their parents. A good co-parenting agreement can help in this regard.

For example, moving away from the other parent may at times be necessary for employment and other financial reasons. However, when this is the case it is particularly important to put significant energy into maintaining the contact and close relationship. As long as both parents are loving and not abusive or neglectful, studies show that it is highly beneficial for children to have both parents in their lives. For the parent with primary residential custody, this can mean taking the time to encourage and facilitate time for the other parent. And for a parent without residential custody, this can mean making an effort to remain active and involved in one's children's lives.

When parents are ending their marriage, their divorce is from each other and not from their children. A family law attorney can help divorcing spouses to protect their relationship with their children and achieve a fair child custody and child support agreement that nurtures parent-child bonds.

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