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The Benefits of Parenting Time Exchanges in Public Places


Parenting time is important to any parent. As a divorced parent, this time becomes even more valuable because you won’t be able to see your children every day. And, while this can make it tempting to keep them at home, it’s important to consider alternatives when you take your parenting time.

Most parents experience issues in parenting time when it comes to scheduling. Though your Allocation of Parental Responsibility Judgment will provide for pick-up and drop-off times, you may waste a lot of your parenting time driving to and from your former spouse’s home or other pick-up and drop-off area. This is why many parents consider arranging for parenting time exchanges in public places.

Define Clear Boundaries With Public Places

Parenting time exchanges in public places are a great idea to establish boundaries, maximize parenting time, and maintain a consistent schedule for your children. If you can agree on a public location mid-way between your home and your former spouse’s home, it’s much easier to follow the parenting schedule and maintain peace.

Here are some of the best places you can arrange to pick-up and drop-off your children:

  • School or Daycare – Because one parent can drop-off the kids in the morning and the other can pick them up in the afternoon, school or daycare is a simple, low-contact way to follow your Judgment.
  • Restaurant – If you take your children to their favorite restaurant for the exchange, it makes it less stressful for both them and you. You can even stay at the restaurant with your former spouse for a short time so your kids can see you and your former spouse together, even if only for awhile.
  • Church/Temple/etc. – If you take your children to church, temple, or another religious location, you can use it for parenting exchanges as well.

Why Use a Public Place Rather Than Your Home? 

There are three main reasons parents prefer exchanging their children in public rather than at home:

  1. Consistency – If you set an agreed-upon place to exchange your children, your schedule will be consistent and easy to follow.
  2. Clear Boundaries – You may not want your former spouse at your new home. Arranging for exchanges in public eliminates prying eyes.
  3. Keeps Interactions Pleasant – If you do not get along with your former spouse, a public place will allow you to better control how you act.

Learn More About Parenting Time at Lawrence R. Surinak Ltd.

Parenting time arrangements are highly personal and vary from family to family. At Lawrence R. Surinak Ltd., we rely on over 35 years of experience in negotiating parenting time settlements to help you find an arrangement that suits your schedule and needs.

Contact us today for your free, 30-minute consultation at 630-470-9990. You may also fill in our simple online form to request an appointment that best suits your schedule. We look forward to speaking with you and navigating the unique issues that will give you peace of mind following your divorce.

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About Attorney Lawrence R. Surinak Ltd.

Lawrence R. Surinak Ltd. is a law firm concentrating solely on family law and has served clients in DuPage, Will, Kane, and Kendall counties for over 35 years.

We continue to work with clients in Naperville, Wheaton, Lisle, Oswego, Downers Grove, and the surrounding areas to provide one-on-one support and attention that will help you through this difficult time.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at any time. We look forward to offering our expertise and support to you throughout your case and after.