In a Colorado divorce, the optimal situation is that both parents want to spend as much time as possible with the children. However, what is possible may be constrained by one or both parents’ careers. Work obligations could make it difficult to spend the maximum amount of time with a child. However, by being realistic and flexible, parents can maximize this time.
One of the first things to keep in mind is that a parent needs to be careful about seeking more time than they can handle. Courts will look at each parent’s work schedule and the possible arrangements that they can make when the judge considers the division of time between the parents. If work obligations are too demanding, a judge may hesitate to give more time to that parent. By being practical, a parent increases their chances of getting the custody time that they want.
A parent can make custody square with their employment situation better when they are able to communicate and work something out with their employer. Some companies are flexible when it comes to facilitating custody arrangements and offer accommodations to help the working parent. A parent should consider finding ways to be more efficient and flexible in order to balance their workload with their custody, such as working at night remotely on days when they have the children.
A family law attorney may help their client by suggesting solutions that could allow them to maintain both their career and their time with their children. The attorney may be aware of various arrangements that have worked with other clients to maximize the time spent with children. Sometimes, it is difficult for parents in a divorce to think creatively in these areas. The attorney may then try to negotiate a custody agreement with the other parent that could make it possible.