It’s certainly not simple to have a full-time career and raise a child, even when you have a two-parent household. Now that you’re getting a divorce, it may become more difficult.
Whether you’re the one bringing in the money or you have a two-income household, divorcing does influence your finances and impacts the time you have to spend with your child. If you used to rely on your spouse to provide childcare, then that may no longer be an option.
How can you manage custody while pursuing your full-time career? That’s tricky, but here are a few ideas.
Only ask for as much time as you can actually accommodate
While many parents do want to have full or primary custody, you need to think about whether that’s reasonable for you. If you travel for work, have long work weeks, and don’t know if you can be available to your child on certain days, it may be better to allow the other parent to have primary custody or make arrangements to share custody on days when you do have time.
Get organized at work
The next thing to do is to be organized at work. You should talk to your employer about your situation. There may be a chance you could work from home or cut down on your hours in the office by implementing techniques that streamline your work.
Get to know your options for babysitting and daycare
Finally, get to know if your office offers a daycare or if you can hire a babysitter for certain days or times. Then, you’ll be able to decide if your schedule allows you time for custody while still protecting your child’s best interests.
These are three tips to help you manage your career and custody. It can be difficult to do, but there are ways to make the most of your time.