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What is a child custody transfer?

If you intend to share physical custody of your children with your ex-spouse, you cannot simply cut your ex out of your life after your divorce. After all, you likely must make some joint parenting decisions for the good of the kids.

While it may have another name, a child custody transfer is the typically brief meeting you have with your children’s co-parent to swap the kids at the beginnings and ends of your scheduled parenting time. If you do not carefully plan for the transfer during your divorce, though, you may have to deal with future conflict.

Where do custody transfers take place?

Even though custody transfers may take place seemingly anywhere, some places are probably better than others. When negotiating the location of your custody transfer, you may want to find a place that is convenient for both you and your ex-spouse to access. Likewise, you should pick a site that is safe and appropriate for all weather conditions.

How do you have a good custody transfer?

According to Psychology Today, drafting a comprehensive parenting plan is one of the more effective ways to help children manage the emotional fallout that often comes with divorce. Along with formalizing the location of your custody transfer in your parenting plan, you may want to use the plan to outline each parent’s responsibilities for the transfer.

Setting expectations about child preparedness, communication and other matters may help you foster a good custody transfer. Ultimately, by clearing up as many issues as possible before they arise, you ensure your children’s hand-off goes smoothly.