New Jersey family law judges will in most cases allow parents to spend an abundant amount of time with their children after a divorce. It is not unusual for one parent to have custody of a child for a week before allowing the other parent to spend the following week with that child. However, there are many reasons why this may not be the best solution for your family.
You may not be able to provide adequate supervision
If you work an irregular schedule, you may not be available to watch your child before or after school. It may also be difficult to be there for your child on weekends or when a school day is shortened unexpectedly. Although child care programs may be available, that may only buy you a couple of extra hours before your kid needs you to make dinner or take care of other tasks.
Your child may miss their other parent
A younger child may struggle to go more than a day or two without seeing their other parent. Therefore, you may encounter behavioral or other issues even if you allow your kid to talk to your former spouse on the phone or otherwise allow contact between the two during your week with the child. Therefore, it may be best to alter a child custody agreement to better meet the needs of everyone involved. Alternatively, you can voluntarily give up a day or two of parenting time for your child’s sake.
The best interest of the child is the top priority when creating any type of parenting plan. Therefore, you may need to be ready to cede parenting time or other rights if doing so would make it easier for your child to have access to a loving and stable home life.