My wife and I are separated and have signed a separation agreement stating we will have joint custody of the children which is defined as 50/50 in our agreement. My wife works a non-traditional schedule which I have worked with her on every occasion. However, due to her schedule I end up watching the children 60% of the time on average. I have never complained about this to my wife because I want to be with my children. However, there have been a few times I feel like my wife takes me for granted when it comes to watching the kids. To avoid unnecessary tension, I would love to have a set schedule with the kids but with my wife’s work schedule I don’t see this ever being a possibility. I have suggested it to her and she saids she will try.
So my question is how are custody schedules typically handled when one parent has a non traditional work schedule or if one spouse is not putting in 50% as agreed.
Custody schedules when one parent works non-traditional or irregular hours can be tricky. Most parents will agree on a basic set schedule with the understanding that there will be time-to-time modifications. These kinds of custody schedules will often have clauses that give the other parent a first right of refusal to provide childcare and will also include in the child support section how to handle childcare costs in the event that a parent needs childcare during their specified custodial time.
Overall, custody schedules are very fact-specific and are different for every family.
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