The oil industry isn't an easy place for anyone to work. There are many variables that can change the work schedule of individuals who count on working for an oil employer. While this is just a fact of life for the employees, it can pose a unique problem for some workers – those who have parenting plans or child custody arrangements.
It is difficult to think about having to go through a legal battle when you aren't sure what's going on with work. No matter which side of the case you are on, your goal should be to do what is best for the children. Considering these points might help you to come up with an agreement.
Flexible parenting time schedule
Since your work shifts might not be consistent, your parenting time schedule should be somewhat flexible. This doesn't mean that you should just call the other parent at the last minute to set up something. Instead, your communication with your ex should be as soon as you receive your next work schedule.
Emergencies happen in the oil industry. What will happen if you have your children with you and are called in for an emergency? Make these plans ahead of time so that you aren't stressed if the situation occurs. It is a good idea to make more than one plan. For example, your ex might be your first option and then another family member is the backup option.
Some jobs in this industry require travel. If you are in this position, you can set up guidelines and plans for virtual visits with your children. These are a good way to bridge the gap when you can't be there in person. A virtual visit can happen over the phone, through online chats and similar methods.
Modifications are possible
Modifications to the child custody order are possible. This might be helpful to remember if you get a promotion or a change in job duties that alters what is possible with your custody case. You might be able to work with your ex to make the changes happen, which is often a better situation for everyone involved.
Plan time carefully
Finally, plan the time that you do have with your children very carefully. Don't try to focus on always going out to do things. Instead, balance the time you have with them with relaxing time at home, going outside, or heading to social or recreational outings. Your goal is to make fond memories, not just stay busy constantly.