On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in child custody on Sunday, January 27, 2019.
There is an old saying that offers the hope of time healing all wounds. It was one that is certainly applicable to divorce. The hope is that the further you get from your separation, the more likely it becomes that any acrimony and animosity that exists between you and your ex-spouse will dissipate. The odds of that happening may be fairly high if no reasons exist for the two of you to continue interacting. However, if you have children together, you will need to coordinate their parenting with each other.
Even in such a scenario, face-to-face contact between the two of you can be kept to a minimum. Yet you will need to meet together for custody exchanges. Sadly, such events can often devolve into vocal confrontations (or even worse, physical altercations) between feuding parents. Seeing you may cause whatever anger your ex-spouse may still feel to boil to the surface. If you fear that this may happen, there are a number of things you can do to help ensure your custody exchanges stay safe.
The most obvious is to mandate that they occur in a public setting. Your ex-spouse may be less likely to become angry or hostile towards you in front of a crowd. You might also want to consider bringing a family member or friend along with you to provide you with added support. Designating a particular time when custody exchanges are too occur infuses added order into the process, making it more difficult for your ex-spouse to try and confront you on their terms.
If necessary, you can also utilize monitored exchange services. Jackson County offers such a program that provides venues for exchanges to occur under the supervision of a law enforcement officer.