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Child custody exchange: Follow these tips

With a child custody order in place, both you and your child's other parent will know what's expected of you both. Depending on your arrangement, you may find yourself exchanging custody with the other parent on a regular basis. While this sounds routine, there are many things that can go awry.

Here are some tips to help keep you on track:

  • Avoid arguments. Some exes have a tendency to argue when they come face to face. Even if you haven't been getting along with your co-parent, it's never a good idea to argue when exchanging custody. Not only does this put you in a worse position, but it can really make your child feel awkward and upset.
  • Choose a neutral location. While there are times when it makes sense, you don't have to exchange custody at your house or the home of your ex-spouse. You can choose a neutral location, such as a local shopping mall, to exchange custody of your child.
  • Keep your safety paramount. If you have any reason to believe the other parent will become violent, you should proceed with caution. If this does occur, it's not in the best interests of your child, and should be reported right away. Your goal should be to avoid similar circumstances in the future.

Every day, parents all over the country make child custody exchanges without incident. Unfortunately, there are also times when things take a turn for the worse.

If you continually run into trouble regarding matters of child custody, it's time to review your custody arrangement. It might be time to return to court for a child custody modification that better meets your child's changing needs.

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