Having a child has always been tough, but when you and your ex-spouse divorced, you found it was hard to stick to a regular custody schedule. Your work isn’t usually at the same time each week, and you have to be flexible.

You’ve done your best to make this work while your child was out of school, but now that they’re going to elementary school, they need you to be there at more specific times. You’ve noted that you won’t be there at all on Mondays or Tuesdays, even though you were able to modify your schedule in the past. Now, what should you do?

Modifying your custody schedule is normal

The first thing to remember is that modifying your custody schedule is normal. As your child ages, they may have a different schedule than in the past. Similarly, your work life or responsibilities may change.

It’s reasonable to need to make changes to make sure your custody schedule suits your child and your schedule. Every year when your child is in school or each time you have a major life change, it’s smart to go over the schedule and make sure it still works for you. If it doesn’t for any reason, talk to your ex-spouse.

If you can make adjustments outside court, then you can submit them for approval. If you can’t settle on a new arrangement, then you may need to go to court and have a judge decide what’s best for your child moving forward. Our website has more on how you can focus on getting the best results for any child custody case.