In the period leading up to your divorce, a lot of things need to be decided. Who will keep the house? How will your assets be divided? What will happen to the family pet? Often at the forefront of divorcing parents' minds though, is the custody of their children. No matter what your differences are with your spouse, the chances are that you both still want the best for your children. However, you may not always agree on what that is.
The kind of custody agreement that is reached will affect how much say you have in your child's upbringing and how much time you are able to spend with him or her. Often, parents will share legal custody of the child, while one is also given physical custody. The other parent will then typically receive visiting rights. The courts try to be as fair as possible with this but, understandably, their decisions are not always favored by the parents involved.
As this article on child custody explains, the times at which a child is passed from the care of one parent to the other are often known as custody exchanges. These can be as simple as one parent dropping the child off at the other's house. Other exchanges take place in secure locations or public places. Whatever the case, ideally it should be an amicable and stress-free event for the sake of the child. Even if you and your former spouse do not see eye to eye, it is often better to avoid conflict in front of your child as it could be extremely distressing for him or her.
If you are unhappy with your custody arrangement or you believe that your child's other parent is acting unfairly, you may be able to appeal the decision and renegotiate the arrangement. An attorney can advise you about your options and might be able to assist you with building your case.