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How to Handle Transportation and Parenting Time Exchanges

When the terms of the child custody agreement are hashed out, it is important to work out details of transportation and exchanges as well. These include the logistics involved in transportation, including location, terms and costs and who is responsible for paying these.

The transportation logistics involved in your visitation schedule may differ, depending on the geographic distance between the parental homes, and other factors. For instance, if your ex-spouse lives in another city, the transportation schedule can be more complicated and often more expensive.

It is important to clearly define how the exchange takes place. These terms should be detailed and specifically outlined in your schedule. This can help avoid confusion and misunderstanding later.

The transfer of the child could be done either in your home or your spouse’s home. Often possible when you and your spouse parted on amicable terms, and when distance is not a factor. If the divorce was a hostile one, you may opt for a neutral setting where you will transfer the child for the duration of the visit. Make it clear which parent will be responsible for taking care of transportation, and also bearing the costs of transportation.

If the non-custodial parent is living in another city or in another state, then it becomes even more important to specify how to handle visitation, transportation as well as the costs involved. Will your child be allowed to to travel on a commercial flight unsupervised? Which parent will be responsible for supervision of the child? Who will pay the extra costs involved in unaccompanied minor travel?

All of these issues must be clearly defined in your child custody agreement in order to avoid confusion later.

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