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Navigating school choice as co-parents

| Aug 12, 2020 | Child Custody

Sharing custody with an ex-spouse can be difficult at times, especially when it comes to making important decisions. Co-parents must be prepared to collaborate on matters such as education, medical care and more. With many Kentucky schools now offering virtual instruction, educational decisions can be even more complicated than before.

Whether a child attends school for in-person instruction or attends on a virtual basis should come down to one thing — his or her best interests. The answer can be obvious for some families. But since online schooling is still relatively new, other parents might struggle to agree. If parents cannot come to a reasonable agreement, then finding an impartial third party could be helpful. Speaking with a pediatrician or a child’s therapist may be helpful.

Children benefit from consistent expectations whether they are physically in school or receiving instruction on a computer screen. At the beginning of the school year, parents should agree to a set schedule for things like bedtimes, homework and mealtimes. Strictly adhering to a set schedule might not be realistic, but children benefit when they know what their parents expect of them.

Online and in-person school require different levels of parental involvement. After deciding which option is most appropriate for their child, parents should also clarify who is responsible for which tasks. One parent might be better prepared to help with homework, while the other can provide helpful supervision during virtual classes.

Many Kentucky co-parents are facing big decisions regarding school choice that they could not have anticipated before. It is understandable that many may feel overwhelmed by not only the decisions they must make, but also by how they will coordinate care and custody afterward. For some, it might be necessary to speak with an experienced attorney or to pursue a modification of current custody orders.