It may seem ironic, but parents who are go-getters and professionally in high-demand may be at a disadvantage when it comes to child custody. In fact, mothers and fathers who work non-traditional hours may find it challenging to come to a custody agreement on how often they see their children. For this reason, hiring a divorce lawyer familiar with all aspects of child custody is essential.
Work Issues that Affect Child Custody
When a couple is married and one spouse routinely works late or travels for business, the other spouse can typically pick up the parenting slack without issue. In the case of divorce, these career-related concerns can become more significant. If a mother regularly travels overnight, four days a week, she may not be able to enjoy equal custody of her children. Instead, the court might give a greater amount of custody to the children’s father who works a lower-paying job that allows him to be home with his children. This reality of child custody often comes as a shock to parents who do not realize that their hopes for custody can be derailed by:
- A job that requires them to work from early morning to very late at night
- A job that requires them to travel out of town more than a few times a month
- A job that requires them to be at work when their children are at home
- A job that requires them to put their children in daycare for long hours when their ex-partner is available
- A job that includes erratic scheduling
Understandably, parents become angry when they hear that a court does not see them as a better parent because they work hard. However, it is important for any divorcing mother or father to take a step back and understand the way the court views the situation.
How Courts Look at Child Custody
In cases of a divorce where children are involved, the court always considers what is best for the children. To the court, this normally means having a parent available when the children are not in school or at other educational activities. Thus, a parent who has a demanding job or works second shifts may not appear to be a good fit for primary child custody.
It is critical that divorcing parties not take this personally, which is why Towson child custody lawyers prepare their clients in advance. Lawyers will also frequently recommend coming to child custody terms that work for everyone and give equal time as much as possible.
For example, a father who travels one week and is home the next week may share custody by having his children with him every other week. Similarly, a mother who works as a medical professional may work with her co-parent to devise a visitation plan that is not disruptive and allows her to have quality time with her children. Custody arrangements can almost always be modified if either parent switches jobs.
Towson Child Custody Lawyers at Huesman, Jones & Miles, LLC Work with Clients on Child Custody Arrangements
If you are worried that the demands of your job cause problems with your preferred child custody arrangements, contact a Towson child custody lawyer at Huesman, Jones & Miles, LLC today. Contact us online and or call us at 443-589-0150 to discuss your case. Located in Towson and Hunt Valley, Maryland, we proudly serve clients from the surrounding areas, including Baltimore, Baltimore County, Bel Air, Columbia, Westminster, Essex, Monkton, Sparks, Parkton, Pikesville, Carroll County, Harford County, and Howard County.