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Visitation and showing respect for your ex-spouse

It's difficult enough to create a visitation schedule with your ex-spouse. When it finally comes time to put your plan into action, it's possible that a few challenges could stand in your way.

It's essential that you always do what's best for your children, but at the same time, you must also show respect to your ex-spouse. Here are four ways of doing so:

  • Be on time: It doesn't matter if you're dropping off or picking up your children, arrive a few minutes early. Making your ex wait is disrespectful.
  • Keep an open line of communication: For example, if someone else will be picking up or dropping off your children, such as a babysitter or your new spouse, let your ex know about it well in advance.
  • Talk about the visit, when necessary: Just the same as your ex, you have the right to know how the visit went. You don't want to pry, but it's a good idea to show that you're interested in the well-being of your children.
  • Remain flexible: Even with a visitation agreement in place, you should remain flexible as you never know what the future will bring. As your children age, it may be necessary to adjust your agreement.

Even if you show your ex-spouse as much respect as you can, they may not return the favor. If your ex is making it increasingly more difficult to co-parent, such as by violating the parenting agreement, talk to them about your concerns and learn more about your legal rights for requesting a modification from the court.

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