I just received a call from a client who is worried about how her two daughters aged 10 and six are handling the fact that their father did has not called them in over two weeks. This is always a hard conversation. Our courts cannot enter court orders requiring love and concern. My thoughts to non-custodial parents who are avoiding calling the children when that parent has left the marital residence (or broken up with a girlfriend in the case of paternity cases) is to roll up your sleeves and engage in uncomfortable task of telling the children that although you and the other parent are not together now, you each love them and that you miss them.
It’s surprising just how much a little attention can do. It goes a long way. You may need those “attention dividends” down the road. Think about it.