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Visitation schedules for military families

When you get a divorce in Ohio, you may wonder how you will see your children since you are an active-duty member of the military. Visitation can sometimes be more complicated if you do not live near your children anymore. At the Law Office of Kristen L. Campbell, LLC, we know it is important for you to understand how long-distance visitation can work.

When you and your spouse get a divorce, you usually put together a visitation plan. According to FindLaw, it is a good idea to include deployments in this arrangement. You may want to have extra visitation hours either before or after you deploy so you can spend plenty of time with the kids. Sometimes you may be able to do virtual visitations from your deployment location. If this is possible, you and your ex-spouse may want to write down how often this communication will take place and how long each visitation will be. 

Sometimes you may be stationed at a military base in a different city or state. In this situation, you might not be able to see your children on a regular basis. Your visitation schedule should typically account for this distance. You and your ex-spouse may want to establish a schedule for video chats and phone calls so you can still talk to your children often. You may also plan to have longer visits with your kids. You and your ex-spouse may arrange a schedule that includes week-long visits during school breaks and holidays. Additionally, it is a good idea to decide how the kids will travel to your home and who will pay the transportation costs.

Long-distance visitation may be easier for your family if you keep things consistent for the kids. If the children have a set routine at home, you may want to continue this routine when they visit you. Additionally, it is important to remember that the children may want to talk to their other parent when they are with you. It is a good idea to encourage this communication. You can find more information about this subject on our webpage.  


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