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Is your parenting plan back-to-school ready?

If you are divorced and continuing to raise your child with your ex, you should have a comprehensive parenting plan in place. This document provides critical direction and guidelines for parents as they navigate the complicated process of sharing custody. However, it can be important to reassess your plan from time to time, as circumstances change over time, as do your capabilities as a parent and the needs of your child.

For instance, back-to-school time is just around the corner, and with that can come a number of changes for you and your kids. Taking the time to revisit a parenting plan with regard to the upcoming school year now can help you avoid a number of complications later on.

Seven things to consider when getting to back to school

In talking about the upcoming year, you can start by asking yourself (and your ex) some of the following questions.

  1. Does the day-to-day schedule you set in your parenting plan still work for both parents?
  2. Is your child changing schools? If so, is the new school aware of your co-parenting situation?
  3. If you have joint custody in terms of educational decision-making, are you still on the same page about your child's educational needs this year?
  4. Will your child be participating in new extracurricular activities? If so, do you know who will pay for them and how you will work out transportation?
  5. Is your child clear on where he or she will need to be once the school year starts?
  6. If you are dating new people, have you defined the rules when it comes to who is and is not allowed to take a child out of school or do pick-ups and drop-offs?
  7. If one of you moved over the summer, will it affect how your child gets to and from school?

Asking these questions sooner rather than later can help you spot any potential hiccups or complications before they actually arise, which can save you and your child from some upsetting situations.

In some cases, just being open and honest can be enough to address any confusion. However, if issues that are more serious are uncovered and can't be remedied with communication, it may be a good idea to discuss a potential modification of your parenting plan with an attorney.

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