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How can non-custodial parents spend more time with their kids?

Imagine you're a parent who has completed your divorce process, and you did not win shared custody of your child. Instead, you only have the right to spend every other weekend with your child. That's four days per month, and during the two weeks that pass between visits, you desperately want to maintain a connection.

Although your child custody agreement or child custody orders state that your visitation days are limited to every other weekend, you may have additional opportunities to spend precious moments with your son or daughter.

Bring your child lunch at school. Send an email to your child's teacher to expect you, and bring your child a surprise fast-food lunch. You can probably even hang out for recess. Your child (and your child's schoolmates) will think you're the best mom or dad ever.

Coach your child in a sport. Every soccer, baseball and other child sports league is starved for would-be coaches. It doesn't even matter if you consider yourself a sporty person. You can still learn the rules of the game and a few simple coaching drills. Talk about the idea with your ex to get his or her permission, and just do it. This will be one of the best ways you spend time with your child.

Be your child's "chauffeur." One of the most time-consuming jobs of being a parent is driving your kids to and from school and extra-curricular activities. In many cases, your ex will be delighted by your offer to help shoulder some of this burden during the week. Best of all, it will give you the chance to have some precious in-car conversations with your little one.

These are just a few ideas to maximize your time with your child. Of course, and this must be stressed, you need to consult your child custody agreement or child custody orders to ensure that the following strategies are permissible. Furthermore, it's always best to confirm your plans with a Florida child custody attorney who is familiar with your case.

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