Most Ohio parents can relate to trying situations involving their children. Especially where teenagers are concerned, parent-child relationships can really be put to the test. Divorce often exacerbates such challenges. However, parents can be proactive and work to help maintain close bonds with their kids, even if they no longer live in the same household.

The way parents treat each other has a tremendous effect on how children relate to their parents. If one parent is always dissing the other, the kids may not want to spend much time with the one who’s bad-mouthing the other. Since a noncustodial parent is already likely spending less time with his or her children than the custodial parent, it is a good idea to speak positively and to show respect for the other parent, as this will show the children involved that their best interests are the highest priority.

If possible, the noncustodial parent will want to live near the custodial parent. This may help children feel closely bonded to both parents, as opposed to feeling like a noncustodial parent has been reduced to a mere visitor in their lives. Living a short distance apart also makes pickups and dropoffs convenient.

Ohio parents do well to pursue active relationships with their kids after divorce. Even if a particular child seems upset or distant while adapting to a new lifestyle, he or she is bound to come around if the parent in question keeps trying. Once children understand that divorce is between spouses, not parents and children, they are better able to cope. If a legal issue is impeding a parent-child relationship, the concerned parent may request a consultation with an experienced family law attorney to seek guidance and support.