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Back to School

Heading back to school is an adjustment period for families, especially families going through a divorce. Here are some tips to help with the transition:

1. Keep a Schedule

Structure and routine are important to make a smooth transition for the children. Discussing the routine with your ex-spouse, including items such as homework, bedtime, etc. will ensure that the routine is similar in both households. This will help the children with stability and ease anxiety the children may have over operating from two separate households.

Utilizing tools such as Google Calendar or Our Family Wizard can help to ensure that both parents are on the same page as far as extra-curricular activities, parent nights, or other events for the children. There are now free Apps on your phone for divorced parents that allow quick and easy sharing of information, including calendaring and bill exchange. The children will adjust to the change more easily if their parents are prepared and presenting a united front.

2. Inform the Teachers

Parents are oftentimes hesitant to talk to the school about their divorce. It is important for the teachers to understand the situation to best assist your children. Notifying the school can ensure that both parents are getting all of the appropriate information from the school. It is also important that the school have any necessary court orders so the school can adhere to the appropriate parenting time order. Additionally, it is important for the children’s teachers to be cognizant of what the children are going through in case there are emotional or behavioral issues at school. This will help the school to address any issues in an appropriate manner, coordinate any recommended services, such as counseling, and advise the parents accordingly.

3. Be Prepared for Adjustment Issues

Transitioning back to school is an adjustment for all children, the transition can be much more difficult for a child going through a divorce. It is important not to panic over one bad grade or behavioral issue. If a pattern develops, reach out to the school to determine recommendations for your child and services that the school can provide. If the school is aware of the situation, they can be a vital resource to your children.

4. Review your Court Order/Talk to your Attorney

If you have any questions about transportation, payment of fees or enrollment, take a look at your court order. In most cases, your final divorce decree will include information that will be helpful to you. If not, reach out to your attorney to determine how to proceed.

The transition into the school year with two households can be stressful for everyone involved. Preparing for it and allowing for flexibility will assist in a smooth transition for both the students and the parents.

Continue to follow our blog for more tips, information and insights into Ohio and Kentucky family law.

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