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Does child care access affect child custody determinations?

After a divorce, each parent may need to take on additional work obligations that, in turn, necessitate daycare. At a minimum, the other parent’s absence may create scheduling difficulties. 

An attorney that focuses on divorce, child custody and support understands the interrelationship of these issues. For example, if one parent desires to be the primary caregiver, he or she may require a reduced or more flexible work schedule. To compensate for the reduction in income from working fewer hours, he or she may also need more child support from the other parent

Alternatively, when both parents share custody and parenting time equally, child support may not be disproportionately borne by only one parent. In that scenario, however, each parent may find an increased need for day care. 

Notably, a Forbes survey regarding the best places to work indicates that the higher ranking workplaces offered on-site daycare and acknowledged the importance of a work-life balance. For a working parent, both of these considerations can make a big difference.

Before making a child custody determination, a divorce court may inquire into many details about the home environment that each parent could provide. For that reason, the availability and quality of employer-sponsored day care can greatly impact a court’s decision.

An attorney who focuses on family law can explain the factors comprising the best interest of the child standard. An attorney can also review a parent’s financial and social situation, offering advocacy to help obtain a parenting arrangement that is fair to the child and parent alike.

Source:, “One thing the US military gets right: childcare,” Kate Baldwin, March 26, 2015

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