Contact With Your Children After Your Divorced is Final

When one thinks of custody and visitation in a divorce case, the first thing that most likely comes to mind is: "When will I see my children?" An important aspect of visitation is not only when you will see your children, but also when you will be able to speak to them during the times in which your former spouse has custody/visitation. For many parents this is a no brainer, the children can speak to the other parent as often as they would like. In more adversarial divorces, however, this is not always the case. Sometimes one parent may feel that the other parent calls too often, disrupting his/her visitation or custodial time, or calls at inopportune times, when the children are doing homework or asleep.

There are so many ways to communicate with your children these days: email, cell phone, texting, sending instant messages on the computer or even the old fashion way of writing a letter.

Our Michigan family law firm, Allan W. Ben P.C., recommends putting a clause in your settlement agreement addressing telephone visitation. It can be as simple as stating that the children may call the other parent at any time, but the parents may only once per day. It may also address issues such as one parent eavesdropping while the child(ren) is speaking to the other parent.