With winter already in full swing, it will only seem to get worse for the next few months. While this might seem troubling to commuters across Alberta, it only gets worse when drivers are fighting to be on time to pick up or drop off their children for a custody exchange.
Here are three tips to remember when facing difficult weather during your custody exchange:
- Pay attention to the weather reports: Similar to your commute to and from work, you must pay attention to the weather report to account for any dramatic changes. Are there storms on the horizon? Is it a “warning” or a “watch?” Additionally, changing traffic patterns must be tracked. You might find it necessary to leave early to make the exchange on time or, failing that, attempt to reschedule. Which leads to the second tip . . .
- Communicate with your ex: While not all marriages end amicably, divorced parents must be able to work together for the good of the children. With bad weather approaching, you might need to email, call or text to start a conversation regarding travel difficulties. It is crucial that you remain upfront and honest throughout while attempting to make the best of a difficult situation.
- Keep your vehicle safe: This is common sense advice for any time of the year, but it becomes more important when you are shuttling your child to time-sensitive meetings in the middle of the winter. Vehicle maintenance is crucial. Ensure your tires are inflated to the correct air pressure and your fluids are topped off. Additionally, you should keep an emergency box in your vehicle filled with items such as a blanket, extra clothes, flares, flashlights, water and non-perishable food. These items can all come in handy if you become stranded.
A parenting time schedule must allow for a certain measure of flexibility. Extraneous variables can prevent a smooth custody exchange through no fault of either parent. By keeping these tips in mind, you can avoid further complications and ensure a pleasant, if cold, meeting.