Q: What is a “transition” or an “exchange” for parenting time purposes?

A: A “transition” (also referred to as an “exchange”) occurs when a child moves from one parent’s care to the other parent’s care. Establishing supportive and conflict-free transitions benefits children. The behavior of each parent at transitions, including what they say and how they act, may affect the child. In some situations, such as when parents have had high conflict, transitions may be less stressful for children and parents if they do not involve direct contact between the parents. Some parents are able to communicate successfully about the child during transitions, while others may find it helpful to communicate about the child before or after the transition by phone, text, email, or notebook.