Parenting time and child support are understandably chief areas of concern for divorcing parents. Few, however, consider in advance the prospect of caring for their children while they’re actually in the midst of the divorce process. Between court appearances, mediation sessions, and other obligations, finding sufficient childcare may seem all but impossible. These suggestions may help:
Seek Help From Loved Ones
Don’t be afraid to reach out for help during this difficult time. Friends and family members understand your predicament — and they’re willing to lend a hand. Try to avoid springing childcare on loved ones; instead, ask in advance if they would be willing to watch your kids on occasion or be available in the event of an emergency.
Take Advantage of Work-Based Options
Increasingly, workplaces offer childcare assistance. The benefits are two-fold for employers. First, they can attract qualified professionals who might otherwise choose other jobs (or remain out of the workplace altogether). Additionally, in offering childcare, employers can remove a significant source of stress from the lives of newly single parents, allowing them to focus and thrive in professional endeavors regardless of their family situation.
Strive For Routine
Divorce can be a chaotic time for children, who struggle to handle the emotional implications of such a significant change. In the short-term, your children may mourn the loss of the routines that once brought them comfort. Throw constantly changing childcare arrangements into the mix and you have a recipe for disaster. When possible, strive to maintain some semblance of routine. This may mean working with your ex to establish a temporary schedule. When possible, seek familiar childcare providers who have already established a strong rapport with your children.
As you navigate your childcare situation, look to the law firm of Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd. to handle the complications of your divorce. Reach out today to learn more about our approach to family law.