Summer is nearing its end and many kids in Indianapolis are back to school some for the first time in a year or more. However, if a child’s parents divorced over the summer, this school year may look very different than in years past. The following is an overview of some basic tips newly-divorced parents should keep in mind as the move forward into the new school year.
Review your child custody and visitation order
If you have not done so already, now is the time to review your current child custody and visitation order. Chances are the custody and visitation arrangements you had during the summer are different than the ones you have during the school year. Parents need to make sure they are on the same page as one another in order to implement the custody order effectively. And, if there are any conflicts with the current order, modifications can be sought that are in the best interest of the child and the parents.
Communicate, communicate, communicate
Communication is key when parents are divorced. Parents will have to keep each other up to date on the child’s academic progress, after-school activities, school events and other facets of the child’s life. Parents must be able to put heated emotions aside and cooperate for the sake of their child. If they cannot communicate face-to-face, they can email or text one another regarding their child’s schooling and other life activities.
Abide by your existing child custody order
It is essential that parents abide by their child custody order during the school year. This ensures the child is at the right house at the right time. In addition, the school must be informed on which parent the child may be released to, and both parents should honor this arrangement. By following their existing child custody order parents can provide their child with the stability they need to grow and thrive post-divorce.