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When it comes to exchanging custody of your children, whether you were ever married or not, things can get quite tense. You likely do not get along with the other parent. If this is the case, custody exchanges can be filled with anger, regret and other powerful emotions.

You might not know how to handle such situations or how to keep your emotions in check. There are some tactics that work for making custody exchanges less stressful for all involved, especially your children.

You should schedule all custody exchanges in a safe, common area such as the child’s school or a police station. You should only have to exchange custody at a police station if the other parent has been violent in the past. Otherwise, doing the exchange at the child’s school is a great idea. Everyone will be comfortable, especially the child.

Try to have a third party not involved with the situation present at all custody exchanges. If at a school, this neutral party can be a teacher or administrator. The third party can help make the exchange for you if you do not want to speak with the other parent. Other times, the third party can keep the child busy while you speak with the other parent.

If you absolutely cannot see the other parent, do not attend the custody exchange. Instead, have someone you trust with your life make the exchange. This can be a grandparent, friend, babysitter or other person who is in your life and the life of your child.

Are you regularly exchanging custody of your children with the other parent in Louisville? If you follow the advice outlined here you should be able to make the exchanges less stressful for all those involved moving forward.