When you first decided to get divorced, you probably had similar worries as other Florida fathers have expressed in the past, such as whether your marital split might negatively affect your relationship with your children. This is apparently a main concern for many fathers who divorce. If you already enjoy an active, happy relationship with your kids, there’s no reason to believe that will end just because you and your spouse end your marriage.
That may be the case if all goes well regarding the child-related issues in your divorce. However, it might not be true for those facing unresolved problems regarding these or other divorce-related matters. If you believe the other parent may be threatening your paternal rights, it’s crucial to know where to turn for support so you can rectify the situation as soon as possible. As for your relationship with your children, you can do several things to keep it strong.
You’re still their dad
You may no longer be a husband after divorce, but you will always be your children’s father. As such, you may find the following tips helpful as you and your kids adapt to new lifestyles and adjust to a new family dynamic:
- As a father, you can have confidence that you know what is best for your children. In fact, long gone are the days when the court automatically awards physical custody to mothers. Your insight, input and participation in your children’s lives is crucial to their well-beings.
- You may relate to many other fathers who actually spend more time with their children after divorce than when they were married. If that’s the case, you can make the most of your opportunities by strengthening your bonds and trying not worry so much what other people think with regard to how your spend your time together.
- Children, by nature, are very adaptable; therefore, just because you may not live in the same house anymore, doesn’t mean you don’t have a right to discipline your children. You can set any rules you deem appropriate in your own home even if those rules are different from the rules at your former spouse’s home.
You’ll undoubtedly face any number of challenges from time to time as you move forward with life after divorce; some of those challenges will involve your children. Others, however, may be brought upon you by an uncooperative parent trying to undermine your paternal rights, which is another ballgame altogether. In such cases, calling in extra sources of support may be necessary so you can protect your rights and keep the best interests of your children at heart.