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Keeping a child's education interests in mind during a divorce

School often plays a very big role in the life of a child. It can be very impactful on their future, as the skills and knowledge acquired at school could end up being used at all different points in their adult life. School can also play a big role in the social development of children, as, in many instances, a lot of a child's peer interactions and time with friends comes at school. 

Given this, school and education issues can be key things for parents to keep in mind when divorcing. What happens in a child custody matter in a divorce can have education impacts on a couple's children, as it can affect things like what school they will end up going to and how future decisions regarding their education will be made. So when trying to come up with the right child custody arrangement, parents should make sure to give their children's education interests proper regard. 

Now, what ends up happening regarding child custody arrangements is not the only thing that can have school-related impacts on a child when their parents divorce. So too can the stress related to the divorce. Such stress, particularly when a child is struggling to cope with it, could lead to a child having a variety of problems at school, including:

  • Them acting out at school.
  • Their grades and performance at school slipping. 
  • Them acting markedly differently around their peers than they used to. 

Thus, during and after a divorce, it can be key for parents to take actions aimed at helping their kids stay on the right track at school, such as:

  • When possible, working with their ex to form a unified front for helping their children when it comes to coping with the divorce and adjusting to life at school post-divorce. 
  • Making a plan for helping their kids stay properly engaged at school, and sticking to it.
  • Keeping close watch for signs that their children may be struggling, socially or academically, at school after the divorce.  
  • Being a strong source of support for their children.
  • Keeping solid lines of communication open with their kids. 

Source: The Journal News, "Children of Divorce Part II: Coping at school and with peers," Feb. 21, 2016

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