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Stay involved with your child's school after divorce

You and your spouse are splitting up, and you're moving out of the house. You're not going to move far, though, so your child is going to stay in the same school, no matter where he or she ends up living.

This is likely a very good thing for the child, as it makes the divorce less disruptive to that child's life. This is especially beneficial for kids who are old enough to have peer groups and to be involved in things like school sports teams.

Remember, though, that parental involvement at school is very beneficial. It helps the staff, it helps the parents, and it really pushes the kids to do their best.

For example, you and your ex should still come in and meet with the teacher for the yearly parent-teacher conferences. If you can't or won't do it together -- it can be hard -- some teachers will let you come in at separate times.

It's also good to go to activities that your child is involved in, like a science fair or a band concert.

Educators point out that this can be emotionally difficult if you and your ex are not on great terms. There's no way around that. But they also point out that you must focus on your child. Sometimes that means doing the tough things and working with your ex, making sure your child has the best possible life.

Keep school functions, schedules, and your child's needs in mind when working through your divorce. Much of your custody plan can be built around keeping life stable for the child and helping him or her thrive in school and in life.

Source: Great Schools, "Bright ideas for divorced parents," accessed Sep. 08, 2017

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