Whether you work strictly to earn a paycheck or you are passionate about what you do, having a job can affect child custody and parenting time. As such, it is crucial to take your career and schedule into account when you create your parenting plan.
Work together, not against each other
It is sometimes hard to get along with your former spouse, especially if the two of you have just gone through a contentious divorce or dissolution process. This can be true even if you were never married to the other parent of your child. However, as parents committed to doing what is best for your children, you can try to work together to find agreeable solutions to parenting matters. Doing so may allow you to be creative and accommodating in a way that a parenting plan issued by the Court may not.
This approach is especially beneficial for parents with schedules that are not as predictable.
Be realistic about your capabilities
No one should be punished for having a demanding job. However, if you travel often or work extraordinary hours, you should consider how that may affect your ability to spend time with your child. Think about what your child needs and whether you can reliably meet those needs.
Keep in mind that a working parent is not a liability, so it is important to examine ways to maximize your time with your child. This guide provides examples of schedules that can work under various circumstances, which you can use a guide to craft a schedule that works for you and the other parent.
Ask for help
Raising a child as an individual can be overwhelming, particularly when you are also juggling work demands. Understand that you do not have to do this alone. Lean on friends and family for help, hire someone to help with the children or the housework, and ask for support at work. Accepting help in this situation can allow you to be the parent your child needs and deserves.