Non-Traditional Parenting Time Schedules

By Allison Fredrickson | Family & Divorce Law

There are multiple things to be considered in order to make a child custody and parenting plan work for both the parents and the children. This can become complicated by parents who don’t have traditional work hours, i.e. police officers, pilots, doctors, nurses, etc. It is important to be flexible in these types of situations, but it doesn’t mean that an equal parenting time schedule is out of the question.

Unique Solutions

Some people travel frequently or have a schedule where they work overnights or four days in a row, with three days off.Maintaining a schedule that is the norm for some people might not be an option.Your employment should never be held against you or negate your rights to parent your children, you just need to be more creative in creating a parenting plan that is unique.If you made it work during the time you were together as a family, you can make it work when you live separately as well.

A non-traditional parenting plan might include considering the following:

  • Maintaining relationship with both parents
  • Transportation for parenting time and to school
  • Alternative care if a parent isn’t available
  • Changes to a schedule if a parent’s schedule changes frequently
  • Designated meeting times to plan for changes to the schedule so that you don’t end up back in court
  • The desires of the children
  • Maintaining an environment that allows for emotional stability
  • School and education concerns

Unfortunately, not one solution fits all situations.It will take time and effort and a level of cooperation between the parents to find arrangements that work for everyone.Having the children keep a strong bond with both parents should be the ultimate consideration.

Cooperation

At all times, but especially during separation and divorce, parents have to work together and show that they can have cooperative negotiations in designing a parenting plan that works for everyone.It is possible to have your career and regular parenting time.

It is important to have experienced counsel or a mediator help your family come up with a plan where your kids can thrive and you can maintain civility and cooperation.


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