Divorce is a hard thing for everyone involved. Parents have as hard a time coping with the changing family dynamic as kids do, and especially for busy executives, finding a balance between family and work can be difficult.

Besides the liabilities that come with divorce, top executives at companies also struggle to balance work with family time. But during and after divorce, kids often need extra love and care. Children might have their time split between parents, or they might be assigned full-time living with one parent.

With just one parent around to take care of things most of the time, work-home balance is essential. A recently divorced home already feels incomplete with the conspicuous absence of one parent; working late is no longer an option for parents who want to keep their families functional.

Divorce complicates things an incredible amount; everything must be split and it feels a lot like things being torn apart. Keith Krach is one busy executive who has had to balance his work schedule with family time. For him, the change was necessary and logical.

“I’ve always had a very interesting life and travel a lot, but my highest priority is my kids,” he says. “I will change anything on my schedule for them. The time I cherish most is with them.”

He continues, explaining some of the complications he’s experienced as a single parent. “The transition from the traditional kind of parenting was obviously a big change,” he says. His children are all involved heavily in sports and clubs, which means there’s a lot to remember. “Communication is absolutely key, and making sure you have a big family calendar is a necessity.”

But he thinks the changes have been for the best. He’s gotten closer to all his kids in the past two years and is still, above all, a father.

Ryan Boucher is a student at Penn State interested in business, art, and culture.  Follow his musings at http://marketsandwords.wordpress.com/

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