Sending a child back to school can be challenging for divorced parents. If this is the first year that you lived apart, you are likely still struggling to figure out how to best juggle school and extracurricular activities this year.
The following will review some of the steps that you can follow to make sure that the transition back to school proceeds as smoothly as possible.
Perform Calendar Action
Parents should routinely perform calendar action, which means checking in with another parent regarding what events are upcoming on the child’s schedule.
The technology of “shared” calendars has made it much easier easier to stay up-t- date with important events in a child’s life.
The beginning of the school year is one of the best times for parents to make sure that they both have the ability to access any data that might be stored on a shared calendar. When it comes to deciding what to put on the calendar, it is important to remember that nearly all schools provide annual calendars that list important dates.
Avoid Disagreements Over School Expenses
Children can end up caught in the middle of fights between divorced parents who disagree about schools expenses.
One of the best ways to avoid arguments about school expenses is to get all of these details in writing. Some written agreements go so far as to agree to an exchange of child-related expenses. Copies of receipts should also be kept, which can make it easier to request reimbursement from the other parent.
Resolve Issues with Forms
As children return to school for the year, it is an excellent time to make sure that all important forms are updated. It is common to feel overwhelmed with the amount of paperwork that you receive, which might include medical exams, dental exams, optical exams, pick-up and drop-off agreements, and change of address forms.
Most times, both divorced parents will be required to sign all of these forms and promptly return them to the child’s school.
Create a Group Chat
Some parents benefit by creating a group chat to discuss how a child is doing in school. During these chats, parents can also discuss any other important issues concerning children.
Before jumping into a group chat, however, it is important to establish limits with the other parent concerning what is appropriate as well as what is not appropriate to speak about.
Speak with an Experienced Family Law Attorney
As a divorced parent, it is important to remember that your goal during this difficult time is to do what is best for your children. While you should not expect that you will agree about everything with the other parent, it is important to do your best to get through disagreements smoothly.
The assistance of an experienced family law attorney can make it much easier to get through this difficult time. Contact Vayman & Teitelbaum, PC today to schedule a free initial consultation.