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Child custody can be difficult but manageable with long distance

Ending a marriage might be the right decision for a couple who is no longer happy, but it can still be a difficult transition for parents and kids alike. Most California parents undoubtedly want to be in their children’s lives as much as possible, but if work or other obligations cause them to move or the other parent to move with the kids, distance can make shared child custody more difficult. Fortunately, parents can do their best to keep in contact with their kids.

These days, practically everyone has a phone with them at all times. This means that parents have a convenient way to have regular contact with their kids even if they are not physically with them or live a considerable distance away. Parents can have scheduled calls and call, Skype or send texts at random times to let the kids know that they are being thought of.

While technology is great for contact, it can be useful to utilize old school methods as well. Children may love getting a letter or postcard from their parent in the mail as a surprise or anticipated weekly treat. Having something special to look forward to could help maintain a strong relationship.

Child custody arrangements are not always easy to manage, especially if the parent and children live far away from each other. However, with some creativity, strong relationships can be maintained. If California parents need to relocate or may need changes to the custody arrangement for other reasons, they may want to consult with their legal counsel on how to seek modifications.