It sounds simple enough to exchange custody of your children with your ex-spouse, but a few challenges may be standing in your way. For example, choosing an exchange location is easier said than done. This is particularly true if you don't live near to one another.
If you're struggling with this, here are some key questions to answer:
- Does your custody agreement provide guidance? For example, you may have been ordered by the court to conduct exchanges at a specific location. In this case, you should follow the order down to every last detail.
- What's the benefit of a neutral location? Above all else, this allows you to exchange custody in a safe place, such as a restaurant, shopping mall or police station. Also, it keeps your ex away from your house, thus minimizing the risk of a confrontation with you or your new partner.
- What's the best way to find a neutral exchange location? In addition to your own research, speak with your local police department. They can provide guidance, as your community may have a designated area.
Even if you're not getting along with your ex, it's important that you include them when choosing a custody exchange location. Neglecting to do so may anger them, which will add to the tension in your relationship.
If your ex refuses to follow your custody agreement, such as by keeping your children past the agreed upon drop time, don't hesitate to learn more about your legal rights. Neglecting to do so will give them more power, while also impacting your relationship with your children.