On behalf of The Law Office of Gustavo E. Frances, P.A.
The exchange of child custody in Fort Lauderdale can be very stressful for everyone involved, especially the child. If you have a difficult time getting along with the other parent of your child it can be challenging to see them when exchanging custody. Children must be the focal point of any relationship and they should always feel safe with either parent.
In recent exchanges of custody have been trying, it’s time to give something new a shot for your sake, your child’s sake, and anyone else involved in the exchange. Our Fort Lauderdale child custody attorney recommends finding a neutral location to exchange custody among other things. Read through these five tips for making the exchange of child custody safe for all involved.
Choose a Neutral Location
The exchange site should always be neutral, especially if you and the other parent or other guardian do not get along. A neutral location makes it easier for everyone to feel comfortable rather than going to one person’s house, where the homeowner can make it very uncomfortable. Excellent neutral sites include police stations, fire stations, public libraries, the mall and the child’s school.
Stick to a Schedule
It’s important that you set a date and time for the exchange and then stick to it. Showing up late to the exchange with the child might infuriate the other parent/guardian, especially since you being late cuts into their scheduled time with the child. If you happen to be running late you should let the other parent know immediately. This can help prevent an argument upon your arrival.
Use a Third Party
If you truly cannot interact with the other parent it’s best to have a third party with you for the exchange. The third party can either make the exchange for you or occupy the child while you and the other parent talk. The third party should be someone who is neutral, such as a police officer or the child’s teacher.
Never Put the Child in the Middle
The child should never be put in the middle between you and the other parent. If the two of you are not on speaking terms don’t get the child involved. For example, don’t give your child a message to relay to their other parent because you don’t want to talk to them. Putting the child in the middle will only cause problems for you, the other parent, and the child.
Avoid Bringing Family or Friends
One of the worst things you can do during a child custody exchange is bring your family or friends with you, especially if the relationship with the other parent is volatile. If you arrive with a family member or friend the other parent might feel as if they are being ganged up on or intimidated. Just remember one of the previous tips; if you need a third party it should be a neutral third party such as a teacher or first responder.
It doesn’t take much to ensure the safety of everyone during a child custody exchange. Just keep in mind that your child’s best interest should always be the number-one concern. Contact a Fort Lauderdale family law attorney for a consultation today at 954-533-2756 or complete this contact form.