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Why would my ex want to homeschool?

Traditionally reserved for those who wanted to stay away from society or who held deep religious beliefs, homeschooling is now becoming a mainstream education option. The U.S. Department of Education estimated that 1,508,000 children were being homeschool in 2007, which was a 74 percent increase from the 850,000 in 1999.

Parents consider and choose homeschooling for a variety of reasons, and it isn't always about religious beliefs or objecting to what is being taught in the standard curriculum of the public schools. Some parents choose to homeschool because they live in school districts that are underfunded or not performing well and want to have the chance to provide their children with a better quality of education. Others homeschool because their children have special needs, medical issues or developmental problems that they feel they are better able to handle at home.

No matter the reason behind the choice, if your ex has decided to homeschool the children and you aren't on board, it's normal to want to understand your legal options. While the best first course of action is to express your concerns in a civil manner to your ex and attempt to come to an agreement between yourselves, this isn't always possible.

If the decision is brought before the courts, it's important to understand that the main deciding factor will be what is deemed in the best interests of the children. If the children have been performing poorly in traditional school but have excelled in the homeschool environment, the courts may side with the homeschooling parent. A family law attorney can talk with you about the details of your case and help you understand your options.

Source: FindLaw, "Homeschooling," accessed Aug. 11, 2015

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