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How can you make the most of interstate custody arrangements?

Interstate custody arrangements are complicated, but they aren't impossible. As a parent who wants to live in another state but who also only has visitation rights, you want to be sure you can be with your child as much as possible. If you move away, you think you may not get the time you've been awarded.

Fortunately, there are many ways to spend time with your child, even if you're not physically present. Here are a few ideas for how you can spend time with your child if you're not in the same state.

Game, chat and get online

One way to spend your time together could be to have a video call, play an online game together or to participate in other digital activities as a family. You can chat with your teen, for instance, while playing the newest video game together or watch your child's recital through a video call.

Send letters and packages

Some parents like to make sure their children know they're thinking of them by sending physical letters and packages. A care package sent here and there is a welcome surprise that your child would love. Taking time out of your day to create a physical package instead of sending an email sends the message that you're thinking about your child even when you're not at home or online.

Spend vacations together

When you have time off from work or your child is home for the holidays, try to get some quality time together in person. While digital technology makes it easier to stay in touch, being together is better in person.

These are just a few things you can do to lessen the distance between you and your child. Interstate custody can work with the right visitation techniques.

Source: FindLaw, "Interstate Custody Arrangements," accessed Nov. 08, 2017

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