It sounds easy enough to exchange custody of your children with your ex-spouse but when you come face-to-face with this situation, it's anything but that.

Fortunately, with the right tips guiding you, it's easier to avoid conflict and ensure that your children are exchanged in a safe and comforting environment. Here are several tips to guide you:

  • Choose a public location: This minimizes the risk of an altercation, as the presence of other people can keep tension to a minimum. Common locations include your child's day care or school, shopping mall or a police station.
  • Don't show up alone: If you're concerned about your safety or worried about getting into a "he said, she said" argument, bring a trusted individual along with you.
  • Show up early: For example, if you're scheduled to exchange custody at noon, arrive at the exchange location at 11:55 a.m. It's only five minutes early, but it ensures you don't cause an argument related to arriving late.
  • Don't look for a fight: If you want to argue with your ex-spouse when exchanging custody, you won't have to look far to find a reason. Rather than do this, keep your cool, remain positive and stick to the basics when conversing.

These child custody exchange tips will put your mind at ease. If your ex takes a similar approach, you'll find it much less stressful during these exchanges.

In the event that your ex continually violates your child custody and visitation orders, explain your concerns to them and learn more about your legal rights. You may be in position to request a modification from the court.

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