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Plan for child custody exchanges before they happen

When you and your ex have children together, you will have to exchange the custody of the children. This can be a simple thing, but it isn't always so easy. There are several things that you have to think about when you and your ex hand the children off to each other.

One thing that you can do to make the exchange a bit easier is to stay relaxed during the exchange. This isn't the time to bring up issues that you have with your ex because the children are present. Problems, such as late child support payments, are always best addressed away from the children.

Another thing that you can do is choose a safe meeting place. If you are worried about how the exchange will go, you can always meet your ex at a public place where other people will be around. Typically, people are less likely to act in a violent manner if others around them can clearly see what is going on.

If you are truly worried about violence, especially if you think that your ex might take situations out on the children, you might decide to petition the court for supervised visitations. If you aren't worried about your ex taking things out on the kids, you might only need to ask for supervised exchanges.

Remember that you are the only one who can protect you. You also have to try to protect your children. These two considerations come into the picture when you are dealing with child custody exchanges and custody in general. Make sure that your child custody agreement contains the solutions to any issues that you are concerned about.

Source: FindLaw, "Child Custody Exchange," accessed July 11, 2017

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