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Understanding child custody exchanges

When child custody details are being decided as part of divorce negotiations, one of the issues that is sometimes addressed is child custody exchanges or swaps. Texas parents should understand that these environments have the potential to become highly volatile.

The transfer of a child from one parent to another generally takes place at a predetermined time and place. The child custody exchanges are considered part of a parent's visitation rights and are founded on the principle that both parents should be able to spend quality time with their children no matter any other child custody issues that arise, such as delinquent child support payments.

Disagreements regarding child rearing methods, child support payments, education and other matters can cause parents to become emotional, particularly if they tend to harbor resentment towards one another. This can result in child exchange settings that are combative and unfriendly. Parents may engage in emotionally and physically abusive behavior with one another, even going so far as to strike each other or take part in name calling in the presence of their children.

In some extreme and unfortunate cases, child custody exchanges can end in death. For example, during a routine exchange, a 49 year-old man in Texas was fatally shot in front of his children by the boyfriend of his ex-wife. There is also the case in which a Dallas man hatched a scheme to be shot and injured by a friend in order to gain custody of his child, but died instead.

Most custody and visitation disputes do not end up this tragic. However, many parents still view them as battles, and their attorneys will often remind them that the best interests of their children should be the primary focus.

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