Parents going through a divorce in Texas may consider how the split will affect the upcoming school year for their children. The beginning of every academic year is often marked by both anticipation and anxiety as children look forward to new classrooms, teachers and even friends. When kids are adjusting to sharing time between both parents’ houses, the back-to-school season can gain some additional confusion and stress. However, divorced parents can work together to make the first school year after a separation more positive for the children.
First, both parents may want to talk with their children about academic goals for the year. While each parent can have a separate discussion with their kids, it can be more supportive if the entire family comes together around these academic concerns. This way, each parent could work during their time with the kids to support achieving some key goals for the year.
Of course, along with the new school year also comes a range of activities, plans and events. A shared calendar can be critical to successful co-parenting after divorce, especially when school-aged children are involved. Both parents — as well as the kids — should have access to a shared calendar where key appointments and events are noted. Furthermore, parents can work together when developing their custody agreement and parenting plan to decide how to handle school holidays, half-days and sudden childcare needs in cases of illness or emergency.
Finances can also be of particular concern for parents. In particular, there may be uniform costs, activity fees, field trip costs and other expenses associated with a child’s education. A family law attorney can work with a divorcing spouse to reach a fair settlement that includes an agreement on how such educational expenses will be handled.