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2 tips for preparing for the new school year with a co-parent

On Behalf of | Jul 20, 2023 | Child Custody

Navigating child custody arrangements can be challenging, especially when preparing for the start of a new school year. From coordinating schedules to ensuring open communication between all parties involved, these transitions require thoughtful planning and a cooperative mindset. 

Open and respectful communication between parents is vital during this transitional period. Regularly discuss your child’s academic progress, share any pertinent information from the school and jointly address any concerns or challenges that may arise. The goal is to ensure your child’s well-being and success in the new school year.

Settle on a consistent schedule

Establishing a consistent schedule is the cornerstone of successful child custody arrangements. The start of the school year brings an array of new responsibilities and routines, including school hours, homework time and extracurricular activities. Parents need to sit down and draft a detailed schedule that addresses these factors while also considering each parent’s availability and commitments.

Creating a shared calendar can be beneficial. You can use it to highlight key dates such as parent-teacher meetings, school holidays and extracurricular activities. 

Coordinate with the school

Ensure that both parents’ contact information is provided to the school and that both are listed as emergency contacts. It’s also vital that the school is aware of the custody arrangement to avoid any confusion or miscommunication. Ideally, both parents should have access to academic records and report cards and be included in all relevant school communications.

The parenting plan should discuss who’s responsible for education decisions. This is important to know as you embark on planning for the upcoming school year. Now is the time to seek out modifications to the custody order or your parenting plan if anything needs to change.