Balancing work and family life is an ongoing challenge for many Texas parents, especially for those who work in particularly intensive professions. If your schedule doesn't consist of the typical nine-to-five workday followed by dinner and a kiss goodnight for the kids, then you may have to find creative ways to be the best parent you can be.
We discussed some of these issues in one of our previous posts, "Busy Work Schedules Complicate Child Custody, But There Are Solutions."
Your parenting plan can account for your job demands.
Some professions are simply more demanding than others because they involve a higher level of responsibility and require a greater time commitment and round-the-clock flexibility. For example, if you're a doctor or a nurse, then you may be on call or have to work multiple night or weekend shifts. If you're a divorced or unmarried parent, then these job requirements can be accounted for in your parenting plan.
Your co-parent may also have to exercise considerable flexibility when an unexpected situation arises, and it's important to have a plan in place and to keep the lines of communication open. If the plan you initially established isn't working out, or you or your co-parent has a change in circumstances -- a promotion, for instance -- then it may be necessary to modify your child custody agreement.
The key is to have a lawyer who understands your family situation and can negotiate for a plan that meets the needs of everyone involved.
You're not alone if you feel overwhelmed in trying to find the right work-life balance.
While this isn't a comprehensive list by any means, jobs that make it especially difficult to balance work and family life include:
- Police officer
- Military service member
- Commercial airline pilot
- General and operations manager
- Stock broker
- High-level executive
- Business owner
For more on developing creative parenting plans that account for professional obligations, please see our overview of child possession and access in Texas.