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Children face many challenges during the school year, including academics, changes in curriculum, social development and more. For children experiencing their parents’ divorce or separation, the challenges may be even greater and the need for both parents to work together increases. This is especially true when it comes to school. Things such as homework, supplies, and school activities are best handled when both parents participate.

Parental Cooperation

Post-divorce relationships can be friendly and cordial, or at their worst bitterly angry. However, when your child is involved, there should be a desire to work together. Parents need to determine where and how you can work together when it comes to your child’s success in school.

  • Parents should share information immediately about the school schedule, assignments, projects, and deadlines.
  • Each parent should each be diligent about the child’s work being completed on-time.
  • Each household should provide a healthy lifestyle to help your child succeed, including a reasonable bedtime and healthy meals.
  • Each parent should help the child organize his/her work for the next school day.
  • Proper clothing, sports equipment, and other supplies need to follow your child or be provided in-duplicate at both homes.
  • Parents should inform the child how he/she will be getting to and from school. This will help reduce anxiety on the part of your child.

Communication

Each parent needs to adequately communicate his/her willingness to help out during the school year. Whether it is your desire to help a child with a particular subject or your flexible work schedule that makes it possible for you to do the afternoon carpool, communicating well will go a long way toward benefiting your child.

School Contact

Successful co-parenting requires that divorced parents establish contact relationships with the school. Many schools will provide duplicate notifications upon request. If not, a primary parent who receives school information must then relay all important details to the other parent. This will typically occur with a classroom-specific issue. Schools often provide significant information on a website, to which both parents should subscribe.

Living Arrangements

Whether you see your child on the weekends or throughout the week, it is important that both parents provide an adequate study space, as well as the needed school resources in both homes. This will ensure that your child’s needs are met, regardless of location. Providing for your child’s study needs in both homes will lead to greater success in the classroom.

School Involvement

Not every parent is able to spend time helping in the classroom or on a school sports team. However, both parents should express an interest in their child's activities. There are always events available that you can participate in with your child. One parent may be able to help with a fundraiser while the other spends a day helping out on a school field trip. It is important that both parents are involved in some way with the school and are known to other parents.

Dealing with school issues can be difficult within an intact home. These issues become magnified when a child is living in two different households. Resolving issues and creating an environment for school success is the parent’s job, not your child’s. If you have any questions concerning family law, I have the knowledge and experience to provide the answers. Contact me today and learn more at lostovitz@offitkurman.com or telephone (301) 575-0381 to schedule a consultation.

 

If you are considering divorce and need the assistance of an experienced lawyer to help you work through some of these issues, then please contact Linda Sorg Ostovitz at lostovitz@offitkurman.com or 301-575-0381.

 

 

ABOUT LINDA SORG OSTOVITZ

lostovitz@offitkurman.com | 301.575.0381

Linda Sorg Ostovitz is a family law attorney. Her legal experience spans more than 34 years. In this time, she has served as a leader, educator and advocate. Mrs. Ostovitz holds a prestigious fellowship in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Currently, she serves as President for the Business Women’s Network of Howard County, by which she was chosen Woman of Distinction for 2014. Mrs. Ostovitz represents clients in Howard, Anne Arundel, Carroll and Baltimore Counties. Her practice focuses exclusively on divorce litigation and mediation, child custody and access, child support, alimony, business valuation, as well as property and asset distribution. In addition to providing legal representation in court, Mrs. Ostovitz provides mediation services to help families come to a fair and legally-sound conclusion outside of the traditional court proceedings.

 

 

 

 

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