Back To School Scheduling With Kids: A Blog For Separated Or Divorced Parents

As school approaches, separated or divorced parents can feel as excited as they are anxious. Making critical decisions about your child’s education may become more difficult when you and your former spouse have differing opinions. With that in mind, we will explore the factors you should consider when choosing a school for your kids. Additionally, we will include tips for resolving disagreements with your former spouse that surface during this time. 

Choosing the Right School 

When you select a school for your child, you and your spouse should discuss various factors before deciding. The school’s location will be very important, especially if you and your spouse live in different areas. Find the school that fits your parenting plan and is convenient for both of you. The right location will allow both parents to participate in their child’s education.

Other essential elements include the school’s academic reputation, its range of extracurricular activities, and its culture. A school with a strong academic reputation can lay the groundwork for a successful program—particularly if your child has special needs. 

What sort of activities such as sports, arts, or clubs does your child into? Select a school that provides a variety of programs that align with your child. The school’s size, diversity, disciplinary policies, and general atmosphere are equally important. Choose a school that meets your children’s needs and values because they must feel comfortable and supported in their learning environment. 

Resolving Disagreements & Charter Schools

Great co-parents can rise to the occasion when disagreements occur. Regardless of the situation, they will work to resolve it amicably because they need to foster and protect his relationship for the sake of their children. This is why open and honest communication is critical. It is a common phrase, and people tend to overlook its importance and how much effort it takes to maintain open lines of communication. When they exist, you will have a forum to express your thoughts and concerns regarding school choices while listening to what your former spouse has to say. 

Unfortunately, there may be times when you and your former spouse cannot agree. Although there may be times to involve the court, don’t rush to this conclusion. Consider mediation or having a parenting coordinator help you find a compromise. 

With that said, some parents will be at odds over whether their child should attend a public or charter school. Although public schools tend to be larger and may have a weak student-to-teacher ratio, they are also free. They usually have a diverse student body and come with a wide range of programs and resources. Charter schools generally have smaller class sizes, which may result in more individualized attention for your child. The issue for some parents is that they usually have more rigorous admissions processes, which may also come with tuition and fees. For example, one parent may love the school but may have concerns about the location. Regardless, you and your spouse can make an informed decision by researching the schools in your area and speaking with other parents whose children attend both schools to gain additional perspectives. 

Get in Touch with The Grey Legal Group 

If you are a divorced or separated parent, there are a lot of things to look at and consider when your children go to school. If you have additional questions or concerns, seek guidance from a family law attorney who can provide tailored advice to help you navigate your situation. Because the law is not black and white®, contact The Grey Legal Group, APC, to schedule your consultation.

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