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Visitation transportation: what to keep in mind

On Behalf of | Oct 12, 2020 | Family Law

When creating a child custody agreement, exes in Florida often forget to include important details regarding visitation transportation. Specifically, they should spell out how exactly the child will be transported between each parent. Although it might seem rather straightforward, there are many details that a family law attorney may need to go over to ensure a smooth process.

What should you add to your agreement?

When writing down your transportation agreement, you need to ensure that you are communicating properly with your attorney and your ex-spouse. This is to make sure that nothing is left on the table. So, what should you add to your transportation agreement? First, you must agree on who is going to be responsible for transportation. Next, discuss safety requirements such as the type of child seat that is going to be used. You may also discuss other details, such as flight rules.

Drop-off location

For many people, the separation is mutual and thus the drop-off location can often be each other’s home. However, if you find yourself in a situation where you don’t feel safe having your ex-spouse at your new home, you can request another drop-off location. Consider asking the Administration for Children and Families for a list of neutral drop-off locations in your area.

How to handle a refusal of transportation

In some cases, one of the parents will refuse to provide transportation. This can be for a number of reasons, such as coming out of work late or even a simple mixup. So, what happens? Can you simply have full custody over the child then? The answer to that is no. The courts will demand that some form of a plan be created, even if you have to take on all of the responsibility to conduct the transportation.

Visitation and transportation agreements can be very difficult to negotiate if your ex is not on good terms with you. In such cases, it’s important to have the aid of an attorney during the entire process of deciding child custody.