Stereotypes regarding the way divorced parents relate to each other and their children have undergone radical changes across the country, and Alaska is no exception. If you are like a large percentage of today’s dads, you want a relationship with their kids that goes beyond weekends and holidays. At Wyatt & Butterfield, LLC, we often help fathers with parenting plans, child support and paternity matters.

According to VeryWell Family, the more fathers know about what to expect from the new situation, the more effectively they can become a successful divorced dad.

As painful as it is for you to not see your child every day, it can be devastating for him or her too. Staying as close to them as possible typically requires that you be nearby, physically as well as emotionally. While your job or other circumstances can make this challenging, it provides the connection and stability your child needs.

Having a practical parenting plan is essential if you want shared custody with your ex. A good plan creates a framework by defining responsibilities that help avoid conflict later on. Maintaining a civil, if not friendly relationship with your child’s mom is key to managing a joint custody arrangement. When your kids stay with you, make the most of the time you have with them. Make it a positive experience by spending time and connecting with them. It is more about quality than quantity.

If you must live away from your kids, there are ways to keep in touch and maintain a close relationship even if separated by a great distance. A legal professional can help you work through the details and help you decide what custody and support options work best for you and your family. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.