A New School Year: Tips For Separated or Divorced Parents

child custody attorneysAs the new school year is right around the corner, we figured this would be a great time to go over some suggestions as to how divorced or separated parents, particularly those with split or joint custody of their children, can remain on top of everyone's schedules and needs. The new school year always brings unexpected challenges that can be a source of anxiety or stress for your children, as well as yourself! Be sure to keep the following pointers in mind as you prepare to go back to the ever-hectic schedule that most parents operate on when school is in session.

Coordinate Schedules

Though this might seem like a no-brainer, we have seen far too many instances where parents who are too stubborn to work together never take the time to coordinate schedules. Kids are busier than ever, which is why coordination matters for all involved parties. Fortunately, it is surprisingly easy to stay synchronized these days, and to always know where your child should be at, especially with the aid of everyday technology.

We recommend using a shared calendar or an app that gives all parties access to the schedule to ensure that everyone is always on the same page! Even traditional phone calls and texts can be very useful in coordinating with the other parent, provided that the willingness to work together is present.

Work Together On Shopping Plans

This is also often overlooked, and not just with purchases that relate to school. It’s important that you coordinate with the other parent to split the responsibility of major purchases. It is also worthwhile for you to sit down and determine what items (if any) should be bought from both ends, such as basic school supplies like pencils and folders. This becomes particularly important with younger children, who are quite prone to losing their school supplies throughout the year.

Keep an Open Line of Communication with the Other Parent

Above all, you need to stay in communication with the other parent! Resentment, anger, and the desire to avoid your ex-spouse is perfectly normal, but your priority lies in the well-being of your child.

Do not forget that you are co-parenting, and be sure to push your negative emotions aside for the sake of figuring out logistics, working together, and ensuring that your child has a successful and happy school year!

Contact a child custody attorney today

We hope these tips are helpful to you and your family as the new school year unfolds! That said, if you have any questions about child custody or divorce, or any other matters relating to family law, know that you can rely on Rubin & Levavi, P.C. You can call our offices at (415) 564-2776 to get in contact with one of our skilled family law attorneys.