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Finding visitation schedules that work for busy parents

On Behalf of | May 12, 2022 | Family Law

When you are divorcing and are a busy working professional, trying to figure out how to divide your children’s time between homes can be difficult. On one hand, you want them to see both you and the other parent regularly. On the other, you know that it may be difficult to have a consistent schedule when you and your ex-spouse both work busy 9-to-5 jobs.

While married, you were able to work out the differences in your schedule by using babysitters or having family step in. Now, that is more complicated. So…what are some of your options?

Figure out your schedule, first

The first thing to do is to think about your schedule. Write it down. Figure out the days when you have business trips or when you are likely to have overtime.

Ask your ex-spouse to do the same. Once you both have your schedules in front of you, you can compare them and see which days overlap.

You may find that you work Monday through Friday consistently, but your ex can switch to working Saturday through Wednesday. Doing that, you’ll be able to set aside time for your child during the weekend and know that the other parent can have custody on Thursday and Friday. That only leaves three days that you have to account for.

Consider changing your work schedule

Alternatively, you and your ex-spouse may go to your employers to discuss your circumstances and if there is any flexibility. Some parents switch to early morning shifts to make sure they’re available when their children get home from school. For example, working from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. might be good for elementary-aged students, since their parents could be there to drop them off and pick them up from school.

If all else fails, there are other options

Daycares, babysitters, nannies, family members and others may be able to monitor and care for your children when you’re not home. On days when no parent is available, these may be the options that you can turn to for support.

You and your ex-spouse will need to work out a custody schedule you both agree on. If you can’t, a judge will do so for you. That’s why it’s smart to think about your current scheduling needs and to look into flexible options now.

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