Can bad weather doom a custody exchange?

| Oct 21, 2020 | child custody |

When developing the parenting time schedule, divorcing parents must consider countless intricacies and nuanced contingencies. Whether this means school holidays, family vacations, determining a neutral exchange site or accounting for dangerous weather, the schedule can become a helpful guideline in times of crisis.

Residents of New Hampshire understand the types of aggressive weather that accompany the changing seasons. From torrential downpours of rain to blizzard-level snow events, people must be able to quickly react and keep themselves safe. Unfortunately, a winter snowstorm can quickly derail plans for a smooth custody exchange. Here are five things to keep in mind.

  • You can treat it like a normal day: Many times, the exchange is made at school or extracurricular activities. One parent might drop the children off, and the other parent will simply pick them up. In these situations, you will need to adjust very little about your personal schedule.
  • Keep an eye on the weather: With a storm on the horizon, it is wise to keep an eye on weather reports to see if changes need to be made. Keep in communication with your ex so that revisions to the schedule can be discussed.
  • Don’t use the weather as an excuse to further your own goals: Many parents will see this as an opportunity to extend their custody time. Doing so will likely lead to arguments and future mistrust when there’s a true emergency on the horizon.
  • Plan contingencies ahead of time: Whenever possible, you and your ex should identify a list of close friends who could potentially look after the kids for a period of time until the exchange can be made. This could be anyone from neighbors to nearby relatives. You might need to rely on these people in poor weather.
  • Cooperation is the key: Throughout these types of situations, it is important to remember that flexibility and working together toward a resolution is the best answer. It might be easier said than done, but heated arguments do nothing but make a tough situation worse.

It won’t be possible to identify every future challenge when you are navigating the divorce process. Keeping these tips in mind, however, can help you prevent some disruptions in your day-to-day life.