January each year is frantic ‘back to school’ time. Families everywhere are rushing to organise school shoes, uniforms, lunchboxes and other school supplies. However, for many families, what is already a stressful time, can be made even more difficult if the parents are separated.
Parents need to negotiate agreements as to how much time the children spend with each parent, where the children will live and who is responsible for the day-to-day care and transport of children to and from school. Often these decisions can add to the stress.
If your relationship with your partner has broken down and you have school-aged children you need to consider the following:
- Who will make the day-to-day decisions concerning schooling for your children?
- Who will be dropping off and picking up the children on a daily basis?
- Are the channels of communication open between you and your former spouse?
- Who should the school contact in the event of an emergency?
- Which parent should receive notes and communication from the school?
It is recommended to have any agreement both clear and in writing from the start – to avoid potential disagreements and conflict in the future and help things runs more smoothly for your children.
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