Creating an agreeable and/or feasible parenting time schedule, coordinating between 2 busy households is difficult. However, adding an agreeable transportation schedule/plan to effectuate parenting time can be just as difficult. Often, parents may not live down the block from one another. Jobs, family, or opportunities may leave parents 45 minutes or further apart.
Pursuant to the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines, one recommendation for parenting time exchanges is that “the parent receiving the child shall provide transportation for the child at the start of the scheduled parenting time and the other parent shall provide transportation for the child at the end of the scheduled parenting time”1. If your parenting time is beginning, you pick up the children from the other parent.
However, there are other arrangements that may be more feasible for parents. Meeting at a halfway point is an alternative. If the parties are 40 minutes apart, meeting halfway saves the parties from lengthier roundtrip car rides, and amounts to the same amount of driving, just divided.
Other parties pick a location for all exchanges. If there is animosity, maybe a public place or even a police station is appropriate. Other parents may exchange at the child’s daycare provider and drop off and pick up the child without interaction with the other parent. Sometimes, if agreeable, one parent provides all pick up and drop offs based on their schedule or ability to transport.
There are numerous agreements and arrangements that can be made. Working to coordinate schedules and miles is difficult, but a smooth transition is in the best interests of the children. If there is time in the car during exchanges, use it for one-on-one time with the child. It may turn out to be a surprisingly bonding part of parenting time.
We hope that this blog post has been helpful in exploring exchanges and transportation for same. This blog is not intended as legal advice. If you have questions or concerns about your case, CIYOU & DIXON, P.C. may be able to help evaluate same. This blog post was written by attorney, Jessica Keyes.