Summer break is nearly over and it’s time to think about the kids returning back to school. For the divorced parents, this can be a challenging time, so here are 5 tips to help ease the transition and avoid back-to-school co-parenting battles.
- Review the plan. Children and circumstances may have changed over the summer so it’s important to review the parental agreement to see what, if any, adjustments are needed. Keep in mind that parenting agreements are legally binding. If you and your former spouse agree to make permanent changes to the schedule, you will need to submit these changes to the courts.
- Decide in advance. Determine what school clothes and supplies are needed, how the shopping will be handled and how the associated costs will paid.
- Have a plan and stick to it. Most schools publish their school year calendar before school begins with dates for open house, parent-teacher conferences, school holidays and breaks. Discuss these in advance with your ex-spouse and coordinate the school calendar with your parenting schedule.
- Set expectations. Determine ahead of time how homework and school projects will be handled. Also discuss what extracurricular activities the children will participate in which should include how the costs will be handled, transportation to and from the activity and who will attend any events.
- Keep communications open. It’s important to keep communication flowing to help both parents share information. Simply texting to confirm pickup / drop off times, a handwritten notebook that you pass back and forth with notes on how your child is doing or taking advantage of the latest divorce apps will go a long way to prevent back-to-school battles before they begin.
If you need to permanently change your parenting plan, you should speak with an experienced Family Law attorney who can explain your legal rights and options.
Let D’Lugo and DeFlora, PA help define your rights, duties, and privileges as a parent. Our Osceola County based firm is always prepared to work in a cooperative and amicable manner to obtain the most beneficial and appropriate outcome in a case. The commitment to our clients is to work towards purposeful resolutions and to do so with minimum distress and maximum value. That is extremely important and sensitive in Family Law cases.
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