If you’re currently going through a divorce or are already on the other side of one, it is important to continue supporting your child’s stability during the school semester. Working and communicating with the other parent, as best you can, will help your child. Here are five tips for this fall season.
Tell the School if It’s Recent
If your divorce is relatively new, you may want to have a conversation with your child’s teacher or other school personnel so that you’re all on the same page. This will make it easier for them to understand who can pick the child up or receive information about the child’s progress.
Get Into Your Own Routine
After the summer, it can be healthy for you to define your new schedule. With changes in custody and childcare, it’s a good time to reflect on what you want for yourself and your kids. The predictability of the school schedule offers you a chance to start a fresh routine.
Support New Activities and Interests
The more that both parents can get behind supporting your children’s interests, the easier it will be to build new traditions and help them continue to thrive for your child, even if it alters your visitation schedule. Stay open to the possibility of new sports and activities.
Plan for Vacations
When there’s time off from school, it’s a chance for you and your kids to travel. If the other parent wants to schedule a vacation during a school break, during the semester, or during your custody time, consider making it work when you can. The other parent may return the favor.
Recognize the Children’s Changing Feelings
While the school year may give a sense of familiarity and routine, kids grieve divorce differently. New schedules or fluctuating times with the parents may also be difficult for them. Watch for signs that your child is feeling stressed about the new season.
Share Information with the Other Parent
It’s possible that only one parent will receive the bulk of the communication from the school and teachers. However, being on the same page with the other parent about progress and concerns is a good idea. For example, if you’re thinking about things like speech therapy, tutoring, gifted classes, or something else, it’s worth bringing the other parent into that conversation when possible. Likewise, if there are school events, be open to inviting the other parent or making them aware of what’s happening.
Hire a Baltimore Divorce Lawyer for Help
If you need help altering an existing custody schedule or want to discuss modifying child support, contact experienced Maryland family lawyer, Allyson Goldscher today.