Flight attendants child custody and visitation schedules will need to be well thought out due to the unorthodox and unstructured work schedules flight attendants often have. Flight attendants flying assignments are generally tied to the flying schedules, which may include nights, weekends, holidays, extended hours, overnights, and layovers. For new hire flight attendants on reserve status involved in or possibly facing future child custody battles, you may want to investigate the pros and cons of this occupation and the impact it may have on your child custody and visitation schedule.
Flight attendants are generally contracted to work 50 to 75 hours per month depending on the airline. If the need arises for them to fly more often, they can be compensated at a rate of time and a half. Flight attendants hourly wage can be fairly high and many airlines offer fringe benefits, which can include health and life insurance, retirement plan, paid vacation, lodging and food costs on "layovers", uniform replacement, and free or discount air travel for flight attendants and immediate family members.
Seniority determines status as a lineholder or reserve flight attendant. New hire flight attendants will generally work on reserve status determined by company operational needs. While on reserve, flight attendants may be required to live in their base city and be able to report for duty within 2 hours notice. Reserve flight attendants often must provide phone numbers where they can be reached while on duty and be available for duty assignments on a 24 hour standby basis. Lineholders generally have a flying schedule set at least one month in advance. Therefore a lineholder will know when and where he/she will work and on what types of aircraft. The airlines use reserve flight attendants to fill open flying time and to cover positions vacated by lineholders calling in sick or on holiday. While lineholder flight attendants can receive a set schedule (known as a block) after less than two years, at some bases flight attendants can sit reserve for more than ten years.
While many flight attendants enjoy fairly high hourly wages and 11 days off each month as a result of unorthodox scheduling and limitations on in air work time, a flight attendants child custody and visitation schedule is not easy to create because their days off are often not predictable and consistent each month. Senior flight attendants child custody and visitation schedules are easier to build than reserve flight attendants child custody schedules. In addition, stable, consistent, and predictable work schedules are typically better for children and favored by the court, which is a challenge reserve flight attendants may face.
For new hire flight attendants with unpredictable work schedules involved in or possibly facing a child custody battle may want to take time to investigate the pros and cons of this occupation and how it may affect your child custody and visitation schedule.
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