You work hard to create a custody arrangement that both you and your child’s other parent can agree upon. But in today’s fast-paced landscape, travel is often a reality for many working parents.
Not Impossible, Just More Difficult
The more that you are away overnight, the harder time you may have convincing the judge that you deserve a certain amount of custody or time with your child. However, each individual situation is different.
While travel history is factored into the equation, so is future travel. It is easier for a judge to award physical custody to the parent who is consistently around.
Regardless, you still have the burden to prove that you are physically, emotionally, and financially qualified to be a custodial parent.
Types of Child Custody
In addition to physical, custody can be legal as well. Physical custody signifies where the child will reside, while legal custody means that a parent/guardian has the right to make important decisions for their child.
Parents can have joint custody (sharing custody) for one or both, or one parent may have full custody for physical, legal, or both. While custody can be both physical and legal, parenting time is a different concept all together.
Parenting time deals with day-to-day visitation. One of the commonly asked questions when determining parenting time is how often both parents are away. Time spent traveling is time you cannot have with your child.
However, sometimes the judge will accommodate for your schedule and award you more parenting time when you are not traveling. One of the most difficult aspects of travel is when trips are inconsistently timed and vary in length.
A Child’s Best Interest
Ultimately, the court will attempt to decipher the custody arrangement that is in the best interest of the child. That is why when there are children involved in a divorce it is so important to make a concerted effort to focus on the what is best for them.
This often means putting your own feelings aside and agreeing to be more flexible when it comes to the time and circumstances under which you will spend time with your children.
When negotiating a custody agreement that is fair, the primary concern is ensuring that your child’s rights are protected and that you are always acting with their best interest at heart.
If you or a loved one is dealing with child custody issues, it can be difficult to figure out how to successfully navigate the legal aspects of your circumstances while you are going through such an emotionally charged time. For a free consultation contact us online at or call us at 856-751-5505 today. We represent clients across South Jersey, including Camden County, Burlington County, and Atlantic County.