Solutions And Support For Families

How to minimize effects of long work hours on your custody case

On Behalf of | Feb 12, 2024 | Child Custody

Many factors can make getting custody more complicated. One may be long work hours.

Minimizing the impact of demanding work schedules requires strategic planning and a proactive approach.

Prioritize quality time over quantity

While the quantity of time with your child is important, the quality of that time carries significant weight in custody proceedings. Ensure that the time you do spend with your child is meaningful and enriching. Engage in activities that foster a strong parent-child bond, such as shared hobbies, educational pursuits or simply quality conversations. Documenting these interactions can provide tangible evidence of your commitment to your child’s well-being.

Establish consistent routines

About 21.1% of the population in Washington is children younger than 18 years. Consistency is key when it comes to custody cases.

Work on creating stable and predictable routines for your child, even if your work hours fluctuate. Judges often look favorably upon parents who demonstrate an ability to maintain stability in their child’s life. Establishing regular mealtimes, bedtime routines and consistent rules can contribute positively to your case.

Use technology for connectivity

Use video calls, messaging apps and other digital means to stay in touch with your child during extended work hours. Regular communication, even if brief, can reinforce your involvement in your child’s daily life. Save records of these communications to present as evidence of your commitment and active participation in parenting.

Build a supportive network

Surround yourself with a reliable support system. Friends, family and neighbors can play a role in providing additional care and support for your child when work demands are high. This network assists in maintaining your child’s routine and showcases your commitment to ensuring their well-being even during challenging work hours.

Maintain a healthy work-life balance

Striking a balance between work and personal life is helpful. Demonstrate to the court that you prioritize your child’s needs by actively seeking ways to manage and reduce work-related stress.

By focusing on a few things, you can strengthen your position in the custody proceedings.