Q: I have 3 children give and under the age of 5, the father live over 1,000 miles away. Am I responsible for communication
Do I have to call him or does he need to call the kids since he left?
A: An important factor in custody and visitation disputes between fit parents is the propensity of each parent to allow the children to have a relationship with the other parent, in fact, ideally, to promote that relationship. Visitation is a privilege, not a responsibility. No one can make a parent want to have contact or communication with his or her child. The parent who wishes to exercise that privilege should take all steps necessary to initiate that procedure; the other parent should allow it or promote it. Both parents should strictly abide by the terms of all existing court orders unless and until modified.
The ability of separated or divorced parents to co-parent or cooperate in raising the children separately is also important. It generally requires putting the child[ren]'s interest above one's owns, in spite of how difficult the other parent may be.
A parent involved in custody or visitation disputes should consult with an experienced Virginia family law lawyer to discuss his or her options and the best course of action.
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