Child custody is one of the most important issues that must be resolved in a divorce, and it is a particularly complex issue for parents who have non-traditional or complicated work schedules. If you do not have a normal schedule, you may be wondering how to secure rightful parenting time while still juggling your career obligations.
Fortunately, it is possible for Texas parents to both protect their parental rights and keep their jobs. It is increasingly more common for parents to work together on a child custody agreement that suits their unique needs, which means that a custody and visitation order can accommodate your work schedule.
How can you reach a custody solution that matches your unique needs?
It is quite common for parents to have a work schedule that is not congruent with that of the other parent or the school schedule of their children. A few of the many types of jobs that require employees to work odd hours include:
- Doctors, nurses and health care professionals
- Law enforcement or first responders
- Military personnel
- Shift workers
Your job requirements do not preclude you from your rightful parenting time or regular visitation with your child. It is critical to work closely with your attorney to seek a solution to your custody concerns while protecting your rights as a parent, including:
- Regular parenting time
- Contact and communication with your biological children
- Decision-making authority regarding your kids' needs
- The right to attend extra-curricular activities
- The right to sustain and foster a strong relationship with your kids
Finding a way to resolve your custody concerns and develop a schedule that allows for your non-traditional schedule requires a willingness to cooperate, a desire to protect the best interests of your kids above all else and a lawyer experienced in unusual custody situations.
Working toward a strong post-divorce future
During a divorce, you must make sound decisions that are in the best interests of your child while still protecting your parental rights. This is a delicate process, especially for parents with unique schedules and other special considerations. By working closely with a lawyer, you will receive guidance that will help you lay the foundation for a strong post-divorce future.
A divorce will certainly bring many significant changes to your life, but you have the right to seek an outcome that allows you to continue to be a good parent with a strong career.