Child custody battle may impact children at start of school year

Just as an adult may find it difficult to fully concentrate on work while going through a divorce in California, a child might also struggle to fully focus on school during this period. The more that parents can make the transition to life after a divorce involving child custody as seamless as possible for their children, the better the children may fare in school and in life in general. Some tips can help divorcing parents to create the best situation for their children at the start of the school year.

The parents may wish to meet their child’s new instructor and inform the teacher of their family circumstances. This can be helpful because children whose parents are going through divorce act out sometimes and may have bad days or emotional moments at school. However, the parents would be wise to avoid drawing the teachers into their personal conflicts at home.

The parents might also ask that the teacher separately send both parents notifications about the child’s academic progress. This prevents the situation where only one parent receives notifications and has to copy and send these materials to the ex-spouse. The parents may also benefit from coming to an agreement to remain civil during all events held at the school when they are with each other. If the two parents can’t get along, it’s best that they meet the child's teacher separately and simply avoid crossing paths for the sake of the kids.

Divorce can be emotionally difficult for the family. However, two parents may try to make the process as cordial as possible by agreeing on child custody and other important matters, such as child support. If they can come up with their own parenting plan, they can avoid court involvement in California.

Source:, "Make the grade: back to school tips for divorced parents", Myra Fleischer, Aug. 18, 2014

Source:, "Make the grade: back to school tips for divorced parents", Myra Fleischer, Aug. 18, 2014

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