How can you make custody exchanges easier on yourself?

On Behalf of | May 9, 2022 | Child Custody |

Once you have a custody agreement with your ex, you may finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. After all, all you have to do is follow the plan.

According to Healthline, children benefit from quality time with both parents and thrive when there is little fighting. For the benefit of your kids, you have to make custody exchanges as seamless as possible. You have to avoid any situation that may reopen old wounds or lead to bitterness or arguments between you and your ex.

Choose neutral ground for the exchange

If you and your ex have a parallel parenting arrangement, you may not have the ability to meet at each other’s houses. Consider a neutral place to meet to exchange kids. Choose a public place within an equal distance of both of you to avoid arguments over distance. Once you pull up, you do not have to speak to each other. Instead, wait for your kids to go to or from the car.

Make all plans in advance

There may be times when you need to change the schedule. For example, if you have a family reunion that you want the kids to attend, you may ask for a weekend from your ex. Do not wait until the last minute to ask. Prepare in advance. Consider discussing the arrangement through email or text to limit the ability to argue.

When creating your parenting plan, make sure you include what to do in case of a dispute. You need to think of various scenarios you may encounter so you can handle them with limited communication.