September 05, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- As summer ends and fall begins, many children - and their parents - are looking forward to the beginning of the school year. Although this can be an exciting time, it can also be hectic, particularly for those who have recently divorced and are dealing with issues of child custody
and visitation. Newly divorced couples can, however, make the back to school transition a bit easier for themselves with some simple planning.
Even though it may seem daunting at first, it is essential for ex spouses to communicate with each other and to discuss who will take responsibility for specific duties during the school year. For example, depending on the custody arrangement, parents might discuss who will get the children to school on what days, who will pick them up and who will be responsible for taking them to after school activities. Parents should make efforts to include children in these discussions as much as possible and should set their agreement in writing to properly manage expectations.
It is also important for recently divorced parents to reach out to the teachers and administrators at their children's schools. Sharing personal information with the school may seem difficult, but it allows teachers to develop a better understanding of issues that may be impacting their students' performance. Furthermore, establishing clear lines of communication early on can go a long way in preventing problems in the future. As part of this process, parents should also consider requiring their children to share graded tests and homework with both parents.
When speaking with administrators, ex spouses should consider having their children's information sent to both households. This ensures that both parents are receiving the same information about their children at the same time. In some situations, it can also prevent disagreements because one spouse does not have to shoulder the burden of passing on essential information.
More than anything else, ex spouses should always remember that their children are the most important consideration when making decisions about school work and activities. Neither parent should use communications with their children or their schools as a means of settling old scores or beginning new arguments. This may be particularly difficult for those who have divorced recently, but it is an essential part of the process. Clearly establishing specific expectations with respect to individual roles can help not only keep conflict to a minimum, but also ensure that the school year goes smoothly for everyone.
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