Divorce, Children, and School

Illinois custody attorney, Illinois family law attorney, Illinois divorce lawyer,The effects of divorce can ripple outward and impact family members, not just in their personal lives, but in every aspect of their daily routine. The consequences of a divorce on children are widely accepted, and behavior and performance at school are among those concerns. Knowing some strategies to deal with school-related issues can allow a parent to help their child(ren) when it is needed most.

How Can a Divorced Parent Help Their Child at School?

After a divorce your life is different, and you are dealing with issues that perhaps were handled previously by your spouse. One of the areas you may need to become more involved in the educational experience of your child. Here are some ideas you may find helpful.

  • Talk to the teachers. Most schools send a schedule, with teachers’ names, home before school starts. Call or Email each one with a quick “heads up” about the divorce, especially if it is recent. Spare them the details, but ask the teacher to stay in touch should they notice any issues.
  • When it comes to the education of your children, vow to keep open the lines of communication with your ex-spouse. Freezing out your ex never benefits your child.
  • Make an effort to attend Parent-Teacher Conferences together. It is easier to understand what is happening and make a plan of action, if necessary, when you both hear a teacher’s report at the same time.
  • Keep a shared calendar. In addition to the school-issued calendar, use an app or some other electronic calendar to help you both keep track of assignment due dates, concerts, games and other special events at the school.
  • Discuss school projects and plan who will take the lead in providing assistance or keeping track of progress to ensure a satisfactory grade.
  • Be proactive and remember this is not about you. If grades slip or behavior becomes an issue, meet with school personnel and avoid placing blame on the other parent.

Secure Reliable Counsel from an Experienced Aurora Divorce Lawyer

When dealing with divorce it is important to work with an attorney who understands the full impact of the process, including the effect it will have on children and their education. Work with a DuPage County Illinois divorce attorney with the knowledge and resources you need to protect you and the future of the children in your custody. Rely on the Law Offices of Matthew M. William, P.C., to put your needs and those of your children at the forefront of your case in securing a fair and equitable divorce decree. Schedule an initial consultation to learn more about the divorce process.

 

Sources:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/eight-tips-for-co-parenting-through-the-school-year_us_59a95e4ce4b0c50640cd5ebc

https://www.ourfamilywizard.com/blog/five-new-school-year-tips-divorced-parents

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