Child Care After a Divorce

Co-Parenting and Co-Caring

Finding appropriate child care is a challenge many single parents struggle with. Finding an affordable, quality, and convenient child care provider you trust is difficult but can become even more difficult if you are a co-parent. If you are getting divorced, here are a few things you should know about child care.

The Right of First Refusal

Regardless of the custody arrangement, both parents can be given the right of first refusal. This is a provision included in parenting plans. This means that a parent is obligated to offer the other parent to spend time with the child before asking a third-party for child care. Review your parenting plan for this provision. It is often best for a child to spend time with a parent as opposed to a child care provider. Co-parenting is a joint endeavor, so don’t be afraid to ask the other parent to take your child when you need it. This doesn’t reflect poorly on you as a parent and provides your child with valuable parenting time.

Child Care Providers

Some parents fight over child care after divorce because of cost, convenience, or other concerns. Typically, each parent has the authority to choose a child care provider during his or her time with the child. If you have reason to believe the other parent uses a child care provider that is not appropriate for your child, you can bring the matter to court. The judge can place restrictions on which child care providers your child can go to, but you will need to demonstrate that this certain child care provider puts your child’s health, safety, or well-being at risk. Speak to an attorney if you want child care restrictions put in place. This can be difficult to do, but a skilled attorney can do what it takes to ensure your child is not put in the hands of an inappropriate child care provider.

Consult with a skilled New Jersey child custody attorney if you have questions or concerns about child care after divorce. It is important you keep your child in safe hands at all times. It is also important that you not violate the other parent’s rights. An attorney can help you put protective measures in place to ensure that is accomplished while still defending your rights.


Raising a child after divorce presents many challenges, but the knowledgeable attorneys at the Williams Law Group, LLC have the experience needed to defend your rights as a parent and protect your child’s best interests. Located in Union, New Jersey, Williams Law Group, LLC provides compassionate and dedicated legal services to Union, Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Monmouth, and Middlesex counties, and the surrounding areas. Our knowledgeable attorneys handle divorce and family law, child custody, and child abuse/neglect cases. Call our office at (908) 810-1083, email us at, or contact us through our confidential online form to schedule a consultation and ultimately get you connected with an experienced New Jersey divorce and child custody attorney.

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