NEGOTIATING WORKABLE PARENTING SOLUTIONS
With our firm’s long-standing presence in Fort Worth, obtaining workable child custody and visitation outcomes for airline employees is familiar territory. We have experience creating detailed parenting plans for pilots, flight attendants, and their spouses. You can trust us to help you find solutions and form strategies to:
- negotiate a “variable possession order” and/or departures from standard visitation schedules that maximize your time with your children while meeting the demands of your work schedule;
- establish notice requirements and guidelines for timely communication if one or both parents must bid a new schedule each month;
- overcome objections often presented by pilots’ and flight attendants’ divorcing spouses — such as the argument that accommodating the other parent’s schedule disrupts children’s lives.
THE CHILD’S BEST INTERESTS
Keep in mind that, as with any custody matter, the court will approve or decide upon a parenting plan as proposed above based on the child’s best interests. Such factors will include:
- the preferences of the child, if they are over 12 years old;
- which parent is the child’s primary caregiver;
- the relationships between the child and each parent;
- the physical, mental, and emotional health of the child;
- if the child has any special needs, and how well each parent can meet those needs;
- each parent’s capacity to perform parental responsibilities;
- each parent’s capacity to raise the child in a safe, stable, loving environment;
- the child’s adjustment to their home, school, and community;
- the child’s relationship to any siblings or other family members;
- either parent’s history of domestic violence, physical or sexual abuse, neglect, substance abuse, or any other act that could endanger the child.
- As long as the parenting plan addresses your work schedule as an airline employee and proposes methods for dealing with that kind of changing schedule with attention to your child’s best interests, your right to custody and parenting time with your child should not be infringed upon.