Following divorce, Missouri parents often have to make arrangements to meet their former spouses so their children can switch houses. Child custody exchanges are a typical part of post divorce life for many families. Not so typical, but also not all that uncommon, are contentious situations that arise during such exchanges.
Especially if parents have a difficult time getting along, having to come face-to-face with each other on a regular basis can be emotionally challenging, to say the least. It's no secret that breakdowns in communication are causal factors in many divorces to begin with, so it's really no surprise that some have trouble controlling their emotions when meeting their former spouses to deliver their children. A sheriff's department in another state has created a safe zone to help mitigate potential negative consequences during child custody exchanges.
The safe zone is located in the parking lot behind the sheriff's office. It is monitored through surveillance equipment 24 hours per day. Anyone using the safe zone is made aware that constant surveillance is in place. Parents can use this location as their permanent meeting place for child custody exchanges.
For those who feel unsafe or uncomfortable meeting in private areas, the new safe zone comes as a welcome alternative. Most divorced parents in Missouri are willing to cooperate and compromise with their former spouses for the sake of their children. If an unresolved child custody issue is having a negative effect on a parent/child relationship, assistance can be sought through consultation with a family law attorney.
Source: nrvnews.com, "Safe zone established for child custody, internet purchase exchanges", Feb. 18, 2017