Select Page

10 Tips to Improve Visitation With Your Kids in NY



10 Tips to Improve Visitation With Your Kids in NY

If you have children with someone who you later decide you don’t want to spend the rest of your life with, custody and visitation quickly become a critical issues. How you handle child custody and visitation matters with your ex not only impacts you, but it also has a significant influence on the wellbeing of your children. Here are 10 tips to improve visitation with your children on Long Island, NY and how an experienced divorce lawyer can assist you with legal matters related to your kids.

#1. Always Be Cordial to Your Ex in Front of Kids

You should always be polite and cordial to your ex, especially in front of your kids. This is important regardless of how young or old your children are. If you and your ex disagree on something, consider communicating with each other out of earshot of the children or through email or text to avoid potential arguments that take place around your children.

#2. Establish Visitation Routines That Your Kids Can Anticipate

Children thrive in routines and the process of divorce is a complete disruption, even for older children in middle or high school. When your children are having visitation with you, incorporate routines into that time so your kids can know what to expect every time.

#3. Create a Dedicated Space in Your Home For Each Child During Visitation

You should create a space within your home for each child that comes to stay with you, whether or not they have overnights with you. Keep your children’s clothes, toys, and personal items in an area that is clean and has enough space for each child to sleep and play.

#4. Discuss Discipline During Visitation with Your Ex Before You Need To

Make a point to establish an agreement with your spouse about how each of you will discipline your children. Don’t wait until your child has done something out of line to try to hash out the most appropriate way to reprimand them.

#5. Make Visitation Part of a Normal Life

Don’t act like visitation is difficult or a burden for you, especially when your children are actually in the process of visiting you. Instead, make it a fun and normal part of your and your kids lives.

#6. Spend One-On-One Time with Each Child During Visitation

If you have multiple children and only so much time for visitation, you may think it’s better to include both children in every activity. But it’s important that you still spend one-on-one time with each child. Even if this time is short, give your child an opportunity to connect with you individually without siblings present.

#7. Try to Be Flexible About Visitation Schedule

If possible, be flexible with your visitation schedule. This requires a good relationship with your ex though, so it’s not advisable in every situation. However, if you and your ex are on good enough terms, try to accommodate schedule changes and things that come up at the last minute when you can.

#8. Allow Your Children to Visit Their Other Family Members During Visitation

Allow your ex to take the children to visit their grandparents and other family members during their visitation time. In turn, be sure to facilitate relationships between your children and people on your side of the family. These extended relationships help children to feel more anchored and cared for, even in the midst of a divorce.

#9. Let Your Kids Make Neighborhood Friends During Visitation

Your children should have the opportunity to make friends in your neighborhood who they can see when they visit you. It can be tempting to limit your child’s time with friends during your limited visitation time, but this can foster resentment in your children and make them feel hostile toward you.

#10. Communicate with Your Ex About Visitation

Make sure you maintain open lines of communication with your ex so you can talk about important matters related to your children. Effective co-parenting requires you and your ex to both be on the same page about raising your kids.

Call a New York Divorce Lawyer Today For Legal Assistance with Visitation Issues

If you’re considering getting a divorce or you have children with a partner from whom you’ve split, it’s important that you understand how to make visitation with your children as successful as possible. Long Island divorce attorneys Hornberger Verbitsky, P.C. can help. Call today for a consultation appointment by dialing 631-923-1910 or fill out the short form on this page.


Call 631-923-1910 or fill in the form below

Rob Chris Trans 1

Schedule your complimentary consultation and case evaluation with our experienced attorneys today. When you call, you’ll speak to our friendly Client Services Director, who will be able to answer your general questions and set up your appointment with an attorney who specializes in your unique case.

At your meeting, your attorney will describe the many options available and determine together which is the right solution for you. By the end of this meeting we’ll all understand how we can best help you to move forward.

No Cost or Obligation

There is no cost or obligation for this initial consultation. It is simply an opportunity for us to get to know each other, answer your questions and learn if Hornberger Verbitsky, P.C. is right the right law firm for you. Give us a call at 631-923-1910 or fill in the short form below to schedule your free consultation and case evaluation.

All Fields Are Required

Divorce Lawyer Long Island New York
Melissa Rappa
Melissa Rappa
18:09 08 Feb 24
At one of the hardest and most stressful times of my life, it was so comforting to have a team at Hornberger and Verbitsky who ALWAYS responded in record speed to my questions, phone calls, emails or texts and who I felt really cared about helping me through this difficult time. It was a long few years and I am grateful to all of you. Thank you so much Rob, AnneMarie, Christine, Patty, Joan and Lawrence. Your guidance, professionalism and expertise is appreciated beyond measure.
Paul Carmichael
Paul Carmichael
16:21 11 Dec 23
I would give 6 stars if I could. I can't say enough good things about Robert and his firm. We were in a situation for over 2 years and I could have never made it through without Robert's experience and knowledge. He guided me through tough times when needed and his expertise could "read" the situation and make the next best move for me. He was tough when he needed to be tough (thankfully) and at the same time guided me through the process to make me feel comfortable in an uncomfortable situation. I would not want to go through this process without Robert and his team having my back. he helped move the case along and not waste any time or money. One last time, I 100% endorse Robert and his expertise.
Child Support & Spousal Maintenance Tools
Robert E. Hornberger, Esq., P.C. respects your right to privacy. We will never sell your information to any third party. Follow this link to read our full privacy policy.