Flexibility matters: Handling custody with a new job

| Oct 5, 2020 | Family |

It was a big surprise when you got promoted at work. The goals you had for your career were met, and you were going to be sent to a new facility to start working as the general manager. The career change does mean that you’ll work longer hours, but you’ll also be making a better salary each year. 

This is one situation that you’ve been working towards, but now that you’re divorced, it does mean that there is an additional pressure. You need to figure out how to arrange custody so that you can continue to see your child, but you also want to make sure you have time for your new position.

Making time with your child count is the most important thing. If you need to modify your schedule, you may want to discuss the following things with your child’s other parent:

  • If they are open to modifying the schedule to be flexible until you are able to get used to your new position
  • If the other parent has time, or the ability, to modify the schedule and take on more custody at different times or on different days
  • If your child can move with you, if your job is in a different area, because of improved living circumstances
  • Your child’s preferences, if they’re old enough to understand the situation, so you know what their ideal custody schedule would look like when moving between homes

It can be tough to rearrange a custody schedule quickly, but if you’re honest with the other parent and you both sit down together to work it out, then there is likely to be a solution. If you can’t come to an agreement, then you may want to consider taking the case to your attorney and court for a custody modification.