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Child custody orders should include transition time guidelines

Children whose parents are divorcing have a rough time ahead of them. Not only are they worried about what is going to happen, but they also have to learn to live between two homes. This can be very difficult for them, especially when the homes have very different rules. You and your ex might be able to help quell the challenges here by adopting some of the same behavior guidelines.

The changeover, or child custody exchange, is sometimes one of the most stressful times that the children will go through. They might be worried that you and your ex will argue or that things will be tense during the exchange. Remember that both adults have a duty to remain respectful toward one another during this time. The changeover isn't the time to discuss contentious matters, so save those for a more appropriate time.

When your child gets to your home, it might help to remind them of the rules. Maybe you have a simple rule board that outlines the major rules in the house. If not, find out if your child has any questions about what is forbidden and what is permissible in your home.

Sometimes, packing to go back and forth is a source of stress for kids. You can always opt to purchase items that will remain at your home. Make sure that they have a dedicated space for these so that they know where to find them when they come over. Having items that are permanent fixtures in both homes might also help the child to fare better.

No matter what terms you have set for the transition, make sure that those are outlined in the child custody order. This gives you legal recourse if your ex ever tries to start something during this time.

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