Co-parenting after a divorce can be a real challenge. In order for it to be successful, both parents must be willing to communicate and coordinate with one another. Now that the summer season has come to an end, and it is time for back to school, it is important to keep the following co-parenting tips in mind:
You need to work with your ex to figure out who is purchasing school supplies, how you will exchange school-related information, how parent-teacher conferences will work, and more. By coordinating in advance, you will be able to reduce conflicts and avoid arguments throughout the school year.
School supplies can be expensive, especially if your children are older and require items such as high-end calculators. Therefore, it is a good idea to split the cost of school supplies with your ex. This can lead to improved cooperation between the two of you while allowing you both to play a vital role in your children’s back-to-school preparation.
Your children’s teachers should be aware of your family situation and living arrangements, and it is a good idea for you to meet with your children’s teachers together. This can help them understand why your children may have behavior issues or emotional outbursts and prevent divorce-related conflicts from hindering your children’s education.
Although you and your spouse may not have the best relationship, it is important to show your children that you both care about their what is going on in their lives. If your children have sports games, school concerts, or other school events, attend them with your ex. You do not have to sit next to one another, but being there for your children is essential.
One of the most helpful tools for divorced parents of school-age children is a shared calendar. Using a program like Google Calendar or a special app designed for managing schedules in divorced families can limit how often you have to communicate with your ex while keeping track of parent-teacher conferences, extracurricular activities, field trips, and other school events, ensuring that you are both in the know about what is going on with your children.
If you are in the process of a divorce, or if you need assistance creating a parenting plan that will provide for your children’s best interests, contact the experienced Will County divorce attorneys at Mevorah Law Offices LLC today. Call us at 815-726-9200 to schedule a consultation.