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Steve W. Marsee, P.A. Orlando Divorce Attorney
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How to Streamline Custody Exchanges in Orlando


While many parents feel excited to see their children again after long waits, custody exchanges represent common sources of conflict for divorced spouses. It therefore makes sense to streamline this process as much as possible. If you are struggling with an uncooperative ex, these exchanges may seem highly stressful. If you cannot resolve this situation on your own, legal action may be necessary alongside a time-sharing lawyer in Orlando.

 What Is a Custody Exchange?

 A custody exchange is the moment at which one parent hands over their child to the other parent. For example, your time-sharing schedule might involve two-week intervals. At the end of those two weeks, you will need to give the child to your ex and wait a further two weeks until you regain physical custody. If a dispute occurs between parents, it is often during these exchanges.

 How to Streamline Your Next Custody Exchange in Orlando 

There are many steps you can take to streamline your next custody exchange in Orlando. Here are just a few tips to consider: 

  • Create a Written Agreement: Mediation allows you to create a clear, written agreement on how custody exchanges should occur. If you think there is a high chance of disputes, make this agreement as detailed as possible. Set out clear penalties for lateness. Specify where the exchanges should occur. You can create these agreements without going to court.
  • Choose Neutral Ground: Another obvious plan is to choose neutral ground. Do not conduct exchanges at either parent’s residence, and instead choose a public location. Examples include schools, malls, community centers, and so on.
  • Communicate Effectively: Effective communication can resolve many disputes. If you’re going to be late, communicate these changes well in advance.
  • Consider Supervision: The Toby Center has locations throughout Florida, including Orlando. This center provides supervised exchanges for parents who are concerned about conflicts.
  • Save Discussions Till Later: Don’t try to discuss your problems during the exchange. Keep it short – and discuss these issues later to help avoid conflicts.

 What if My Ex Continues to Cause Problems During Custody Exchanges? 

If your ex continues to cause issues during custody exchanges despite your best efforts, it might be time to consider legal action. Family courts in Florida do not look kindly upon intentional acts of parental alienation. One of the factors they consider when determining a child’s best interests is cooperation between parents. If one parent is being uncooperative, they may lose custody rights as a result. If faced with these ongoing issues, you could potentially petition to modify your time-sharing agreement.

 Find an Experienced Time-Sharing Lawyer in Orlando 

If you’d like to discuss further legal action to address child custody exchanges, speak with an Orlando family law attorney at your earliest convenience. Choose Steve Marsee, P.A. to get started with an effective action plan. We have plenty of experience with time-sharing, custody exchanges, and related issues. Book your consultation today.


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