Mississippi Child Custody Attorney Shares Back to School Tips for Divorced or Divorcing Parents

The beginning of a new school year brings mixed feelings for parents and children alike. Whether this is your first time navigating the school year as a divorced or divorcing parent or you have done it before, now is a good time to make sure that you enter the school year feeling prepared and knowing what to expect.

If your family’s routines went by the wayside this summer, now is a good time to establish them again. Even better, check in with your children’s other parent to see what routines look like at their house and see how the two of you can become more consistent so that the kids have the same or very similar routines at both homes. Make sure the kids know what to expect on school days and weekends, and you will be on your way to establishing a smooth flow to your days.

Get familiar with your child’s school and their new teacher. Teachers benefit from knowing about each child and their family situation, so do be sure to let them know the basics about what has been going on in your family so that they can be aware of it. If you are the custodial parent, be sure that your child’s school, teacher, coaches, doctors, and other people who your child spends time with know that they should share information about your child freely with your child’s other parent. This will benefit you, because you won’t have to make copies and send countless messages or make frequent phone calls to share the information yourself.

Speak with your child’s parent about school activities, and consider making an agreement that both of you can attend all of their events. If this just won’t work, make a schedule that specifies who will attend each event so that you can plan ahead. While you are doing all of this planning and coordinating, discuss what items your children will need for school this year and decide which expenses each of you will pay. Once you decide that, follow through and get the things that you have agreed to provide. This type of planning can help to ensure that the kids have everything that they need, and that one parent or the other doesn’t buy something for a child that the parents do not agree that the child should have, like a cell phone.

If you are involved in a child custody case, the beginning of the school year is a good time to make sure that everything is working well with your child custody arrangement by checking in with your child’s other parent about what both of you would like to see happening during the school year. Many parents can work together to adjust parenting schedules and other things so that family life will be easier for everyone. If you are having difficulties with a child custody situation, Mississippi Child Custody Attorney Matthew S. Poole may be able to help you. Please call our office today, at (601) 573-7429 to arrange a free, initial consultation.


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Mississippi Child Custody Attorney Shares Back to School Tips for Divorced or Divorcing Parents
Mississippi Child Custody Attorney discusses back to school tips for divorced families.