After a divorce in Texas, the entire family must adjust to a new situation. This can mean a new home, new friends and a new school, and less time with the non-custodial parent. FindLaw lists split or joint custody as an option, but the parent with physical custody is considered the custodial parent. As non-custodial fathers find themselves with fewer opportunities to interact with their kids on a daily basis, they must seize the opportunity they do have to bond with them.
According to Family Education, both parents should have a similar disciplinary policy and enforce that policy when they are with the children. This means that both parents start off on equal footing and the children are not drawn to one because they have a more relaxed parenting style.
When fathers do not have everyday custody of their child, it is tempting to develop the “Disney Dad” syndrome. This happens when one parent feels guilty that they do not see their children regularly anymore and they give the kids everything they ask for. While this may seem like the best idea at the time, it can also create serious friction between the father and the custodial parent.
Non-custodial fathers can strengthen relationships with their kids by purchasing a phone line that allows the children to call them, make sure the child has photos of them with the father and offer to babysit anytime the custodial parent wants to go out. Many children today are involved in extracurricular activities, and parents have the opportunity to be involved in those by coaching or volunteering with the team.
It is also encouraged that the ex is treated as a business partner. Courteous, civil behavior is necessary and the amount of conflict and degree of hostility present can directly impact how a child grows up.