Some jobs call for more travel than others. If you’re all too familiar cramped airplane seats and one-bedroom hotel rooms, you know that traveling to new places doesn’t compare to the feeling of being home with your kids.
But, how can you plan a custody schedule when you’re never sure what your schedule will look like?
Propose a flexible plan
In custody court, the parent-child relationship is placed above all else, so it’s likely that the courts encourage a plan that allows the children to spend time bonding with both parents. However, if you travel regularly for work, the children may need to count on the other parent to maintain a regular school routine.
You’ll need to be flexible, but you can propose a plan that allots you and your children a certain number of days together each month. In some cases, you won’t be able to set these dates in stone, but they should be agreed upon at least a week in advance to be considerate of the other parent.
These plans involve a lot of cooperation between co-parents, however, calendar tools can make it easier to share schedules without communicating too often.
Offer stability where you can
If you travel for work often, it may appear that your downfall is stability. However, you can prove stability to courts in other ways.
For example, if you have a stable income, you’re able to financially provide for your children consistently. This means they’ll always have their basic needs satisfied while in your care. Strengthen this claim by adding more stability such as:
- Consistently providing your kids with healthy, balanced meals
- Always sharing dinners together
- Maintaining a regular bedtime/hygiene routine for your kids
While you may need to be flexible out your parent time days, you can still ensure that you offer structure and routine for your children when you’re together.
Get tech savvy
Military co-parents go through a similar plight as traveling parents after being deployed. Today there are tech tools that have been invented for these traveling parents to connect with their children virtually.
Your parent plan can include virtual time you spend with your child via Facetime, Skype or another video-calling platform. Through a screen, you and your child can still play games together, watch a movie, talk about your day or read stories to one another.
Until your career changes, this may be one way you and your child can count on spending time together.