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About child custody exchanges

Massachusetts parents who are facing the end of their marriage should know that child custody issues can be some the most divisive ones that can arise. While these negotiations can be especially contentious, arriving at an agreement is essential to being able to resolve a divorce.

A majority of child custody arrangements provide custody and visitation schedules that detail when, where and how an exchange will occur. The actual exchange or swapping of the children takes place every time they are transferred from the physical custody of one parent to another. Visitation orders are based on the belief that both parents have the right to spend time with their children. Disagreementsover the non-payment of child support or other issues do not negate these rights.

Most exchanges occur every day with little or no problems. However, because of the nature of child custody, they can become a complicated process. Disagreements regarding underlying issues, including differences in child rearing preferences, inadequate or delinquent child support or topics related to school, coupled with high levels of emotions between parents who are unable to agree and who tend to hold grudges can make the child custody exchange environment particularly combative. The parents can be emotionally and physically abusive to one another in view of the children. In some cases, the exchanges can be dangerous, even fatal for the parties that are involved.

A family law attorney may assist a client with resolving child custody issues during and after a divorce. This may include providing a supportive argument during a child custody determination hearing, enforcing a child custody order, negotiating custody and visitation rights and schedules, and discussing relocation requests.

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