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Aug 27 2022

Parenting Time Tips During the School Year

Going through a divorce can be difficult, especially when you’re concerned about the well-being of your children. Parents may struggle with adjusting to parenting time, especially during the school year. It’s essential that parents develop a regular parenting time routine to ensure that their kids are successful throughout the school year. At Atticus Family Law, we’re here to provide parents with tips for parenting time during the school year. 

What Is Parenting Time?

Parenting time refers to the time separated parents spend with their children. During divorce proceedings, the court will help determine how parenting time should be distributed, which is usually done as evenly as possible. For example, parents may alternative having their children every two days or alternate weekend stays. How much parenting time each parent has is dependent on their specific case and needs. Parenting time plans should be concise and consistent, allowing for necessary modifications and considering changes to the schedule. Additionally, parenting plans must outline transportation requirements and contact information for parents. Parents can help develop successful parenting time plans by staying organized and having good communication about their children. 

How Can Parenting Time Be Successful During the School Year?

Having an organized parenting time is essential for the school year, as schedules start to change and your children’s needs change as well. Here are some tips for being successful with parenting time during the school year:

  • Practice Good Communication

It’s important that parents communicate with their children to stay up to date about things occurring in their school lives so they can best meet their needs. For example, if an important event is coming up at school, parents should communicate about it and coordinate the day of the event, including transportation, as outlined in their parenting time plan. Additionally, parents should discuss any homework assignments or projects that the other should be aware of to ensure their child’s success. If your child is struggling in a subject, both parents should work to help them while they have time with them. Strong communication skills can limit confusion and create a better system for your children. 

  • Establish Who Pays for Certain Expenses

With school comes new expenses, such as school supplies and registration fees. Additionally, many children choose to participate in extracurricular activities, which can lead to more fees. Parents should establish who is responsible for paying these fees and whether they will evenly split expenses or be designated to pay a certain category of expenses. This will ensure that your child’s needs are met and that they are able to succeed at school. 

  • Make Sure Your Children Are Prepared for the Day

It’s important that parents know what their responsibilities are on school days. For example, parents should make sure that whoever has the child for that day has helped them prepare their backpack and pack a lunch if their child is bringing one. In addition, preparing the night before for school can ensure an easy transition the next morning. Depending on the time of day that parents are switching parenting times, they should ensure that their child is prepared for the school day. 

Contact Our Dedicated Team Today

If you have questions regarding parenting time schedules during the school year, contact our team at Atticus Family Law today. We look forward to working with you soon. 

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