While going through a divorce in Davie is certainly difficult, many of the clients that we here at The Minaya Law Offices, PLLC have worked with have seen this process free them from toxic (and in some cases, even abusive) relationships. If your relationship with your ex-spouse had reached such a point, then you may be relieved to have it behind you. That said, your relationship between him or her may be forced to continue if the two of you have children together. While you may be able to safely maintain your distance from your ex-spouse at most times, situations such as custody exchanges may force you to confront him or her in close quarters.
Custody exchanges in particular can become stressful situations when tension still exists between you and your ex-spouse. Fortunately, you can ask to have such exchanges be monitored or supervised in order to avoid the potential for conflict. Per The Institute for Family Violence Studies, family courts will consider such requests when any of the following elements are present in a custody case:
- Family violence
- Substance abuse
- Mental illness
- Evidence of parental sabotage or alienation
The last of the aforementioned points may be the one that is hardest to prove when requesting monitored exchanges. Look for and record cases when your ex-spouse is late dropping the kids off from a visit, if he or she repeatedly forgets important items (e.g., car seats, medications), or he or she becomes confrontational. You can also share instances when he or she fails to show up to an exchange altogether, forcing you to find him or her (and the kids). Such evidence may support your claim that supervised exchanges are needed.
More information on dealing with child custody issues can be found here on our site.