Going back to school is an exciting time for both kids and parents. There are school supplies and backpacks to be purchased and first-day-of-school outfits to be chosen, but if you are a divorced parent, you likely have an additional layer of concerns with which to contend. You and your children will find your back-to-school routine soon enough, but it can help to consider some back-to-school basics ahead of time. If you have concerns about custody as you head into the new school year, an experienced Round Rock family attorney can help.
Back-to-school is a hectic time, but planning ahead is key to keeping up with everything you and your children have going on. Download your children’s school schedule ahead of time and coordinate it with your own calendar – including those dates when your children are with you and when they are with the other parent. Once these calendars are commingled, you’ll have a good overview of what’s to come. If you see any scheduling conflicts, deal with them ahead of time by negotiating with your ex-spouse or enlisting backup help.
When it comes to your children going back to school, it’s important to expect the unexpected, including (but not limited to):
The fact is that, when you have children, you often need to change your plans in a second. Compiling a list of people whom you can trust to help during an emergency is critical. This list can include grandparents, aunts and uncles, trusted friends, reliable sitters, a babysitting agency, other parents whom you swap parenting duties with, and more.
If your children have both of their parents in their lives, it is important for both of you to cooperate when it comes to their well-being. No matter how contentious your divorce and personal opinions may be, collaboration and co-parenting regarding your children should always take precedence. Have a foolproof plan that allows you to get in touch with one another when necessary, and ensure you always know who has responsibilities on which days. Your children are already facing a struggle with a new shared custody routine, and you should take steps to make the transition as easy as possible for them.
Sending your kids back to school is an exciting time, but it can also be a very hectic time. If you have post-divorce custody concerns, the experienced divorce lawyers at Jackson Law Firm in Round Rock, Texas, have the knowledge, skill, and commitment to help. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact or call us at (512) 528-1900 today.