When parents share child custody, or one parent has custody and the other has visitation rights, it will be necessary at some point to move the child from one parent to the other. These “swaps” happen every day in Virginia. In theory, a parent with visitation rights is entitled to spend time with his or her child, regardless of any disputes he or she has with the custodial parent, such as allegedly unpaid child support.
In reality, outside tensions between the parents sometimes affect child custody handoffs. The parents may still be dealing with resentment following a bitter divorce, or they may not feel the custody arrangement is fair. Some parents will not bring the kids to the handoff as a way to “punish” the other parent.