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Divorces that include children will also include child custody and visitation. During this time, it’s best to keep your child’s routine as normal as possible, without major conflict. All visitations should begin with a cordial and safe custody exchange for the wellbeing of your child.

Safe Visitation Greatly Benefits Your Child

According to the Child Safety and Permanency Division of Minnesota, “proper visitation is essential for a child’s wellbeing, is fundamental to permanency and is vital to maintaining family relationships and cultural connections.” Children who experience safe visitation with both spouses experience an easier transition after divorce.

Safe visitation begins with safe child custody exchanges, which occur when a child goes from the custody of one parent to the other. During exchanges, both of you will be together at the same time, making the exchange a critical moment for your child.

Tips for Safer Child Custody Exchanges

Unfortunately, exchanges can often result in high-conflict situations. To protect yourself and your child, there are a few tips to keep in mind.

Decide on a public exchange location: When you choose a location for exchange, make sure it’s in public instead of private. Should a situation arise, you and your child are not alone.
Keep documentation of exchange: Keeping a record of your exchanges can help you resolve legal matters should they arise in the custody of your child. Make sure you record when the exchange occurred, who was involved and any conflict that happened.
Communicate with your child: To avoid exchange confusion, make sure your child understands the location and time of custody exchanges.

If you continue to have safety concerns during your exchanges, there are some measures you can take. For example, you can attempt an exchange at your local police station. Or, if conflict becomes too much, you and your attorney can choose to try and change visitation.

Having Trouble With Your Child Custody Exchange?

You and your child should feel safe during child custody exchanges. If for any reason you don’t, you should consider reaching out to your attorney for help. To learn more about safe child custody practices, send us a message.