childcare when working shifts

It is often a struggle for parents to agree a regular pattern for childcare when working shifts. That has been amplified for NHS and key workers.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, shift patterns have often been extended, resulting in elongated and tiring hours. Where parents are together it is hard enough, but when you are parenting alone and separated from your partner, it can cause even greater problems.

Coming to an agreement

The challenges of parenting alone can be amplified when a former partner is rigid in their approach. However, as always with issues relating to children, if you are able to try and find an agreement, then you can do so. Unsurprisingly, research shows much more positive outcomes when parents can agree. In reality however, agreement is not always possible.

What if you can’t agree a pattern for childcare when working shifts?

If mediation is not an option and agreement cannot be found, then you need to consider whether or not you need to apply to the Court. This could be to help regularise a pattern or could be about asking a Court to change an existing order.

Whether you are making either application, it is important to provide the Court with as much information as possible.

What to expect if you go to Court

When the Court is asked to decide an issue relating to the time the children spend with you, it is the children’s best interests that will be paramount in the Court’s decision making process. It will want to understand the practical implications of what your current work arrangements are and how you will then meet the needs of the children.

It is vitally important that if you do find yourself in such a situation you seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity. Our expert Family team can help you through such situations.