On behalf of North Tampa Legal Group posted in blog on Monday, March 12, 2018.
Child custody is a difficult issue, even long after a divorce is final. Florida parents may find that disputes do not end simply because the divorce process does, and it can be difficult to abide by the terms of the agreement. You may find that the most difficult aspect for you is the exchange process with the other parent.
The child custody exchange is the process of one parent handing off the child to the other parent. This can be a tricky process when two parents do not get along. Even a simple act such as meeting and transferring responsibility from one parent to the other can lead to continued disputes, lack of cooperation between former spouses and even emotional harm to the child.
Making a difficult process easier
Your children are some of the most important aspects of your life, and it is normal to have strong feelings over the things that will impact your kids. You understand the importance of working to protect your children from as much unnecessary conflict as possible, and one of the ways you can do this is by having a strong custody agreement. In order to make custody exchanges work better, it is prudent to include the following in your custody and visitation order:
- What time the child hand-off process will take place
- Where the custody and visitation exchange will happen
- How the two parents will handle the exchange and communicate
Even with a clear plan in place, it is still possible for serious disputes to develop between parents. It is smart to deal with difficulties in the exchange process in a timely and effective manner. Over time, these disputes can develop into issues that begin to effect the kids’ well-being and stability in the future.
In some cases, it may be necessary for you to seek legal guidance to resolve these issues so that you can provide a better environment and an easier custody process for your children.
Child custody issues are complex
Child custody is not an easy subject, especially when there are still emotional difficulties between the parents. When child custody exchanges do not go as planned, you do not have to continue to deal with the stress and acrimony. You have the right to seek a legal resolution to your current concerns and guidance regarding all of your child custody concerns.
When your parental rights and the well-being of your children are on the line, you have no time to lose in seeking answers and support.