Many people who have children during their marriages face a difficult problem in divorce: They both work. While this might work in a marriage, having two parents working full-time jobs won’t be as easy.
For many people, one parent is a part-time employee, but the other works a full-time job. This brings in extra money, but it also means that child care isn’t a concern. Sadly, after a divorce, both parents are likely to have to work full-time jobs, and those jobs might conflict with the time frames during which a child needs care and monitoring.
What can you do to plan your parenting schedule around work?
You and your spouse need to sit down and talk about your schedules. Are there any times where you are home and your spouse isn’t? When is the opposite true? Do your schedules overlap? Write down both of your schedules so that you can get an idea of how many days you both are occupied with work at the same time.
When you both have to work, you have a few options. You can call on family members to provide care. You can ask your employer to switch around your schedule. You may even be able to work longer shifts so that you can get an extra day off each week.
There are unique solutions to problems involving custody while you’re separated and once you and your spouse divorce for good. Getting creative with your custody arrangements might be a necessity, but as long as it’s in the best interests of your child, the court is likely to approve.