WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR CHILD COMPLAINS ABOUT VISITING THE OTHER PARENT
If your kids are putting up a fuss about their visitation schedule, remember that there are things that you can do to help them.
Children’s Best Interests:
You and your ex want what’s best for your children, and that includes having them spend a significant amount of time with both of you. In fact, the court’s stance is generally that it is best for children to split their time between both parents. If you’ve put in the hard work necessary to hammer out a visitation plan that accommodates everyone’s schedules and that allows your children the opportunity to continue deepening their bonds with both of you, you should feel good about that.
Your Children’s Preference:
If your children are expressing a desire not to spend time with their other parent, your natural inclination may be to go along with their wishes. It’s important to recognize, however, that you know what’s best for your children – and this likely involves spending time with both you and their other parent.
You went through the difficult divorce process, and you hammered out a visitation schedule that works. If your children are balking about seeing your ex, your impulse might be to allow them a break from doing so, but that impulse can lead to trouble. To ignore a court-ordered visitation schedule could leave you in contempt of court.