When making a plan for custody and visitation during a divorce, parents may need to include detailed instructions about the pickup and drop-off procedures. Parents in Illinois should also understand their rights and responsibilities. What kind of instructions are needed will vary depending on the situation and the relationship between the ex-spouses.
What to address
The visitation plan may specify who will be responsible for transportation, including costs and whether seat belts, car seats or other safety restraints are necessary. It may need to address how to handle the situation if a parent is running late. If a child must fly to see his or her parents, parameters for travel should be outlined. Documenting what is agreed upon can help protect parents and children later.
Choosing a location
A court may order drop-offs to be made at a certain location, or parents might decide. This can be either at the parent’s home but may need to be a neutral location if the exchange of children is contentious. In some communities, the local police station acts as a secure drop-off location. The local department of child and family services might also have suggestions.
Ignoring the plan
Generally, a lack of cooperation from one parent does not mean the other person can ignore the visitation agreement. This means that if one parent refuses to provide transportation for pickups and drop-offs, the other individual may have to do it.
Individuals are also not allowed to refuse visitation if they are unhappy with the way their former spouses parent. If they are concerned about their children’s safety with the other parent, they may want to consult an attorney since this can be a complex situation, and proof may be needed for legal action. Over time, parents may need to modify a child custody agreement as their child’s needs change.