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Child custody tips for the new school year

Texas families navigating through the difficult process of divorce can face any number of difficulties, none of which should involve transitioning into a new school year. The academic and social growth of children is incredibly important and the school environment can help kids deal with major changes occurring at home. Making child custody arrangements that address and balance kids’ school activities can help to guarantee that families experience a healthy divorce transition.

Depending upon the relationship between parents and their ability to communicate cordially and effectively, it may be necessary to consider appointing another person to act as a third-party contact. Taking the appropriate measures to ensure that communication stays open is very helpful for everyone. Similarly, it’s recommended that both parents meet with their kids’ teachers and school administrators early in the year to discuss any concerns they may have about their children’s needs. This is also the time when parents should inform relevant school staff about any child custody issues, like which parent is allowed to pick up the child from school.

Whenever possible, it is advisable that parents collaborate on a custody and visitation schedule that works around the child’s new school routine and activities. Coming up with a plan that allows both parents to attend school functions and events is recommended whenever possible. One useful way to guarantee that both parents receive the same information and notices from their kids’ school is to request that copies of notifications be provided to both parents every time.

Taking a few simple steps at the beginning of the school year can help the entire family adjust to a new normal. Also, speaking with an attorney about any and all custody and visitation problems that arise helps to prevent larger issues in the future.

Source: Seaside Courier, “Commentary: Back to school tips for divorced parents,” Myra Chack Fleischer, July 30, 2014

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