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Transportation Issues in Child Custody

It isn’t merely enough to determine which parent gets primary custody of the child or how many days in the week the noncustodial parent gets custody of the child. When child custody issues are being ironed out, it is also important to address the issue of who is responsible for the pickups and drop-offs, visitation times, and who pays for the transportation costs of the child.

Those transportation costs include not only local transport costs, but also the transport costs involved when one parent lives a long distance away from the other parent. Typically, parents will determine who is in charge of arranging transportation and bearing transportation costs of the child at the time of finalizing the child custody or parenting plan agreement. However, in those cases where the parents cannot decide on these issues, the court may intervene and fix responsibility for the costs. Issues of child transportation will be included in the general child custody agreement.

In many cases, parents prefer to take turns transporting the child. For instance, the mother may drop the child at the father’s home, but the father may be in charge of dropping the child back to the mother’s house. In other cases, one parent will be responsible for picking up and dropping off the child.

When it comes to transportation-related matters, it is very important to be frank, and let the other spouse know what you can and cannot handle. For instance, if your work timings make it impossible for you to be in charge of pickup and drop-off of the child, it’s very important that you make this known at the time of finalizing the child custody agreement. That will avoid the need for any modifications of the child custody agreements if it is not possible for you to pick up and drop the child as agreed to.