Compassionate, experienced family
You got married just as you started your training to become a firefighter. Your wife was very supportive of it at the time. You went on to get a full-time job in Fullerton, where you love what you do. You and your wife had kids, bought a house and moved forward with your lives the way you’d always expected.
The end of the marriage
Then your wife filed for divorce. You did not see it coming, perhaps because you were so busy with work. Your main focus is on getting as much time as you can with the kids. As their father, don’t you have an equal right to be with them?
You do, but it can be hard with a firefighter’s schedule. Many parents swap their children back and forth on a weekly basis. The parent with custody that week can still work when they’re at school and then he or she takes care of them when they’re home. It’s a pretty simple schedule, but it may not work at all for you. After all, here are some highlights from a firefighter’s schedule:
In short, you’re busy. You do have a long time off, but you work odd hours, you work all through the night and you average more weekly hours than traditional workers. Firefighting is a serious occupation that consumes a large part of your life, and there’s no way around that.
If you do get custody of the children, how do they fit into this schedule? Do you have enough time to spend with them? How can you watch them if you have to stay on the job all night? When can you do the exchange with your ex? How does your schedule line up with their school schedules? These are all critical questions to ask.
Setting it up
This does not mean you lose your right to see your kids because of your job. You just need to know exactly what steps to take to create a custody plan that works for everyone.
We represent clients in Orange County and Southern California in all types of family law matters involving divorce, mediation, property division and issues involving children. Call our Fullerton office at 714-680-9777 or use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation. We ensure a 24-hour response to all inquiries.
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