As children of divorce blossom into their teens, visitation and timesharing becomes more of a challenge for parent and child, especially if the parent lives a significant distance from the child.
Unlike younger children, teens have active, semi-independent lives filled with friends, school, extracurricular activities, other interests, etc.
It can be more difficult for parents to impose their will on their children – and the price of doing so may be too high.
In some cases, extended summertime visitation bears the brunt of sustaining and nurturing the parent-child relationship.
During extended summer timesharing, children should not engage excessively with the parent left behind. This is supposed to be the child’s time with their other parent.