During an especially contentious divorce, it is not uncommon for one spouse to demand that the other leave the marital home. There are times when one party forces another to leave and after legal counsel is obtained, returning home is not feasible. While there are benefits to staying in a marital home throughout the divorce process, sometimes it is better for both parties if they separate. Regardless of the reason for leaving, moving with a child often means changing that child’s school. If you find yourself needing to transfer a child to a new school during a divorce, keeping this advice in mind may help you navigate the process.
Talk to Your Child First
Most parents do not consider discussing things with their children, but it is important to remember that divorces stress children out as well. The strain of seeing their parents’ marriage end may make the stress of transferring schools even harder. Talking to your children about transferring schools is a crucial part to the transition process. Finding diplomatic ways to explain the reason that a school change is required may be difficult, but talking with your children rather than quickly informing them at the last minute will making things easier for everyone involved.
Make Arrangements with the School
Occasionally, your child’s current school may attempt to work with you regarding transferring your child. While it is usually mandatory that all moves be reported immediately so that a transfer can be initiated, the school may allow your children to finish the school year at their current school if you are willing to be responsible for transportation. Postponing the transfer can relieve some of the stress from your child and give you more time to figure out your own divorce strategy. A person who did not plan to leave the marital home or one who is still trying to move to a permanent home may not want to transfer their children to a school in an area the family hopes to move away from soon.
Get Permission from the Court
While custody is still pending, you may not be able to make any changes to the child’s school without the permission of the other parent. If you and that parent are not speaking, getting written permission might seem impossible. When you cannot get the other parent to cooperate, the court may need to get involved. Getting a temporary order that allows you to make decisions regarding your child’s education is something that you may have to pursue.
Custody Issues Explained
The time in between the separation and divorce can cause numerous custody problems that a family law attorney can help you understand. The legal team at Vayman & Teitelbaum understands that child custody is complicated, especially when it is entwined with other legal issues. Our lawyers are here to discuss your legal situation and give you advice for handling any issues that you are experiencing. Contact us to schedule an appointment at one of our Atlanta locations so that we can begin answering your questions today.