Co-parenting pop quiz: Are you ready to go back to school?
In the coming weeks, kids across Springfield will be heading back to the structure and routine of a new school year. In preparation, parents will be doing some back-to-school shopping, checking out class schedules, meeting teachers and doing whatever needs to be done to prepare their kids for the next year.
However, parents can be doing a few things to prepare themselves for going back-to-school as well; particularly parents who share custody of their children. If you are in this position, there are a few things you can do to make sure you and your parenting plan are ready for the year ahead.
- Confirm custody exchange schedules. Oftentimes, custody shifts between the school year and summer vacation. Once school begins, be sure you know who is picking up and dropping of your kids during the school year. Does your child know where to go during the week? Are there conflicts that need to be resolved?
- Talk to the school. If your child is starting at a new school, you can communicate with the administration regarding certain details like who should be called in an emergency, who has the authority to pick up/drop off your children and any restrictions regarding parental rights that need to be observed. Talking to your child’s new teacher can also be helpful to make sure he or she is aware of your child’s home life.
- Discuss new extracurricular activities. If your child is going to start band, playing soccer or is determined to be the lead in school plays, it can be helpful for parents to be aware of these endeavors and plan accordingly. Do they cost money? Will they affect custody arrangements? Can both parents attend the concerts, plays and games without conflict?
Taking a few steps like these can help you as parents prepare for the school year ahead in a way that will hopefully make it much easier on you and your kids.
Should serious disputes or complications arise during this time, you can consult your attorney to find a fair resolution before a disagreement spirals into an all-out battle.