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Can you help your child do well in school after a divorce?

Divorce can be quite disruptive to a child's life, and experts have noted that school performance often declines. This can be due to the breakup of the routine, to depression and anxiety, and to a lot of other factors. However, as a parent, there are things you can do to help.

1. Always focus on your kids. Give them the support and assistance that they need, no matter how busy you are.

2. Set up a schedule. Make sure that the routine still stays in place. If the children are moving back and forth between homes, be sure they still have set times to study and do homework. Don't just let that all fall by the wayside.

3. Work with your ex. Remember, this is going to take work and cooperation from both of you. Even if you're not getting along personally, work together for the kids.

4. Stick to your rules. Parents are sometimes tempted to throw the rules out because they know divorce can be stressful for kids. They may allow children to skip their homework and watch TV, hoping it makes them feel better.

While this makes sense in some ways, it can be very disruptive to the child's school performance. You need to be conscious of the stress and the way that child feels, but you also need to stick to your rules. Keep that consistency. Don't stop parenting well just because things are not the same as they have been in the past.

As you work on these things, make sure you know about all of your legal responsibilities in Florida.

Source: Great Schools, "Kids, divorce, and school success," accessed Dec. 30, 2015

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