Child custody cases that involve infants pose some unique challenges when trying to determine when the baby will spend time with each parent. The answers aren’t always easy to find, but the parents must think carefully about the baby as they try to decide what they are going to do.
One of the things that might make this challenging is that the baby needs very specific care on a specific schedule. These young children can’t just go with the flow of things like an older child can. In fact, it is often necessary for a baby to remain primarily with one parent.
The baby might need to remain with the mother for the most part if the baby is being breastfed. It might be possible to extend the amount of time that the baby is away from the mother once the mother is able to pump breast milk and has enough to provide to the other parent.
In some cases, parents might opt to supplement the breast milk with formula so that the child can eat freely and spend more time with the father. This can also extend the amount of time that the father can spend with the baby since he can just make a bottle.
Parents should remember that short frequent visits might be ideal for a child who is this young. This schedule would only be for a temporary period until the child is a little older and can handle longer time spent away from the primary parent. Once the child is a bit older, you can have the custody agreement modified to reflect a new schedule.
Source: Our Family Wizard, “Misconceptions About Custody Schedules for Infants,” accessed Aug. 04, 2017