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13 Sep 12 #355579 by Joe2020
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From personal experience I''ve learnt if you are able to have access during daytime hours then this may increase your chance of having more access.

You will prob get alternate weekends which is pretty standard.You won''t prob get every weekend as ex even if she doesnt work will argue she wants the child one weekend also(Go figure)You may or may not get a midweek overnight but the ex will argue this is not good for the child.Some courts will give it and some won''t.

On the other hand its more difficult to argue against daytime access assuming the child is not at school or full time nursery.
In my situation at my first hearing I got every wednesday afternoon. I was able to take this off work as holiday.

If you have a job where the hours are flexible then you need to work this around the child. Put into your access request at court daytime hours.
Speak to your boss to see if you can use holiday time in bits,maybe one afternoon per week or every other week.If you can afford to can you have an afternoon off or even a day without pay every week.

Consider applying for jobs which are based on shift work/flexible hours.Etc etc etc.Basically it boils down to the more you can make yourself available daytime the more chance you may stand of more access.

Even if your child is at school maybe you could pick them up at 3pm or whenever it finishes and have them till 6pm etc etc.
Same with nursery.If the child is in full time nursery then the court may be happy to let you take him/her out one day per week as its not school.

Be flexible.Its not a guarantee but it may help.

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