The new school year can be both exciting and nerve racking for not only
students, but newly divorced parents as well. It can be tricky navigating
the new waters of separation while parenting your child. Your kids might
be apprehensive about not only their assigned teachers, but also what
their post-divorce school life will look like. It is important that you communicate and plan
for the school year together to alleviate confusion and worry.
At James D. Madden & Aruna P. Rodrigo, Family Law Attorneys, we understand the anxiety that comes
with transitioning from one to two family units. To help you, we have
compiled a list of tips to help you with co-parenting during the school year.
Create a Schedule
In order to offer stability and structure for you and your child, you should
create a schedule. The schedule should address where your child is staying
each night. You should also decide who is going to pick up and drop off
the kid at school. To ensure that everyone is on the same page, note any
If possible, it would be a good idea for you and your ex to meet with your
child’s teachers together. This will show that you both care about
your kid’s education and you will both know their academic progress.
However, if attending a parent-teacher conference is not an option, make
sure that each parent meets with the teachers at least once. Most educators
understand divorce and are willing to work around different schedules.
School Activities and Events
In order to show support for your children, you should attend as many of
their school functions as you can. If you can, set aside your differences
with your ex and attend together. By scheduling events ahead of time,
you can work it out so that at least one parent is at school events.
It is important to stay informed about what is going on with your child
and their education. Regularly check in with them and your ex to make
sure that everything is okay. Sometimes a child will discuss an incident
with one parent and forget to do so with the other. By communicating,
you can ensure that everyone is informed.
There will be times where your child is not with you or you need to travel.
During these times, reach out and show your support. Call your kid before
a big event or text to ask how they are doing. Showing support even when
you are not there will help reassure your child.
At James D. Madden & Aruna P. Rodrigo, Family Law Attorneys, we believe that co-parenting does
not need to be difficult or uncomfortable. By planning and scheduling,
we believe that you and your family can help the school year go smoothly.
For more information about post-divorce adjustments, contact our San Bernardino
family law attorneys.