Thursday, September 4, 2008
Back to School for Divorcing Parents
A common fight between divorcing parents is WHERE their children will attend school.
For parents with joint legal custody, the most frequent fight usually centers around the convenience of the PARENTS. One party has moved far away; and proceeds to enroll the children in another school, taking away the security of a school they've attended for a long time.
My advice here is the same everywhere - first and foremost, think of the CHILDREN - what are their best interests? Consider their stability - have they attended a certain school district for a while? Do they have good teachers, and friends at school? Remember, divorce is a very unstable event for a child, and a good support system outside of the home (in school) is vital. How do the schools rank in terms of academics? Does it have afterschool care? What are the transportation arrangements - must the children travel long distances in the car?
Custody battles are best resolved between the parties. I will tell you this - attorneys and Judges absolutely HATE meddling with people's custody disputes. I get involved only when one party is simply being unreasonable. Generally, I urge the parties to sit down, get over their animosity towards one another, and work out a good parenting plan.
My website contains a wealth of information on parenting plans, mediation, etc.
Work it out.