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Fitting child custody arrangements into the new school schedule

For Utah parents confronted by the prospect of divorce at the same time as they prepare for the whirlwind of activities that accompany a new school year, everything can seem overwhelming. Fortunately, there are practical and easy steps that families can take early on to help ensure that parents and kids alike experience the most stress-free transition possible.

Long before the first day of school arrives, many kids look forward to their back-to-school shopping experience. On a practical level, it is often easier for the parent with physical custody of the child to do the majority of shopping. In such cases, it can be very helpful to split the cost of new school items by referring to receipts.

When it’s finally time for kids to return to the classroom, both parents are advised to meet the teachers and let them know about the changes that the family is currently experiencing. In addition to informing teachers about any academic or social difficulties the child may be experiencing, it’s important to inform teachers and administrators about issues like family violence and/or visitation specifications.

Once everyone is familiar with the school staff and environment, parents can decide on a custody and visitation schedule that accounts for the kids’ school activities. One important aspect of establishing a school-year routine that keeps both parents informed and engaged in their kids’ academic endeavors is being open and honest about school-related events that arise.

Establishing an arrangement where both parents receive notices and attend school events whenever possible helps to promote communication and consideration between all members of the family. Consulting with an attorney can also make it easier to develop a child custody arrangement that complements the child’s active lifestyle and interests.


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