Sharing custody of your kids with an ex-spouse certainly has its challenges. Even if your ex is willing to compromise, some friction is natural. According to Psychology Today, you can minimize future disputes by co-parenting collaboratively instead of being adversaries.
An easy way to avoid disagreements is to find the right place to swap physical custody of your children. After all, you may have to see your ex-spouse a few times each week when you hand off the kids. Rather than leaving the location of the custody transfer to chance, you may want to consider a few options.
Is the place safe?
Even though you are likely to have many matters to tackle when setting up your child custody arrangement, you probably want to include the location of your custody transfers in your parenting plan or custody agreement.
Your paramount concern when transferring custody of your kids must be everyone’s safety. If your ex-spouse has a history of behaving erratically, it may be wise to swap custody at a police precinct or another public place. Otherwise, you should pick somewhere that is ideal during any weather event.
Is the place convenient?
Neither you nor your ex-spouse should have to bear the burden of commuting to an inconvenient transfer site. Therefore, you may want to choose a location that is somewhere between your home and your ex’s house. It may be smart to swap custody at your children’s school.
Ultimately, if you and your ex-spouse can agree on the right place to swap custody, you are likely to start your shared parenting journey on the right foot.