You’ve always worked hard to provide for your family, but you feel that fact might be coming back to haunt you now. Since you were always at work, you didn’t spend as much time with your kids as you wanted. You didn’t have the opportunity to be a coach for their sports team or to go to parent-teacher conferences. 

You feel like that makes you look bad in court, especially as you fight for fair custody time with your kids. After all, if you couldn’t be there in the past, what would convince a judge that you could be there now?

Take a deep breath: You can support your request for custody

One thing that you should remember is that all parents play a different role in their children’s lives. That doesn’t make one better or worse than the other. Without your job, your children wouldn’t have the quality of life that they have now. Even if you weren’t always there for extracurricular activities or conferences, you have people who know you who say you always made time for your kids. If they were sick, you stayed home. If they were interested in a new movie, you took them. 

Supporting your request for custody with witness statements and by being honest about your schedule (and how you’ll make it work with children as a single parent) can help you make your case. Judges want to see that parents are invested in their children’s best interests. The way you support them may be different than your stay-at-home spouse’s, but you still did and deserve to be in their lives. Your attorney will help you put together supporting documents, so you can make your request.