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Child custody: Balancing professional life with parenting time

On Behalf of | Dec 11, 2019 | Child Custody, Connecticut Family Law Blog |

Divorced working parents have a lot on their plates. For busy Connecticut professionals who are parents, balancing their work life with the amount of time they have to spend with their children can be stressful. There are ways to get the most out of child custody rights while maintaining a strong work ethic as well. There is no reason a higher income-earning parent shouldn’t get as much parenting time as does a stay-at-home parent.

A parent trying to make a case for more parenting hours should always remember the importance of putting children first. A parent must be able to make time for what’s important: getting kids ready for school, attending games, helping with homework, seeing that they’re fed and clean, picking them up from school, etc. Asking for more time than can be given would not be in the best interests of the children and they may be let down when a parent promises something and can’t deliver.

Most family court judges understand that life is busy and are more open to having non-parent caretakers in a child’s routine. So, when a busy parent can’t pick up the kids from school or take them to extracurricular activities, perhaps a caretaker could do so on occasion. Also, being organized at work may give a busy parent more time with his or her kids and colleagues are likely to be supportive of someone who puts the needs of his or her children at the top of a to-do list.

A Connecticut lawyer may be able to help a client iron out the emotionally-fraught aspects of child custody. It is one of the most pressing aspects of divorce. A lawyer may be able to help a client come to a mutually agreeable custody arrangement with a former spouse that are in the best interests of the children.