Having a toddler can be tough at the best of times, but if you’re going through a divorce, there is a chance that trying to figure out what to do with your child may be near impossible.
You want them to have a good relationship with the other parent, and you want to make sure they see you plenty, too. You know they can’t yet stay away from the primary home as often as you’d like for your work schedule, and you are also acutely aware that your ex-spouse has to work a full schedule, as well.
Explore alternative visitation schedules to find out what fits for your family
Handling custody of a toddler following your divorce might be tough, but there are some schedules that may work better than others. For example, most toddlers do well with predictable schedules and need to have frequent contact with both parents. Having a custody schedule where your child stays in one home and the other parent visits might be one good option. For parents who work, switching the toddler between homes every few days may make it possible to adjust their work schedules enough to get through the week without missing work or missing too much custody time.
Toddlers need predictability and support from their caregivers
The simple reality is that toddlers do best with a predictable routine and support from both caregivers. Each parent should be prepared to spend time with their child daily or every other day when possible.
If you’re not sure about which kind of schedule will work for you, consider discussing the options with your ex and looking into the legal options you have available.