Sending a child back to school can present challenges for any Florida parent. However, the late summer or early fall months may be especially challenging for those who share custody of their children with their former spouses. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to make the transition from summer to fall an easier one for yourself and your kids.
Communication is key
Most disputes arise because of a lack of communication. Therefore, simply responding to a text message or email from your child’s other parent may be enough to keep problems from arising or escalating. It’s also important that you keep your former partner in the loop as it relates to school events or other issues that relate to your child. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to your former spouse directly, it may be possible to do so through a mediator or through an online platform.
Consider the financial issues ahead of time
Your child is going to need new clothes, sneakers and other supplies prior to the start of the new school year. Ideally, you’ll talk about who will be responsible for ensuring that your child is prepared for the new year as well as how everything will be paid for. To save time, it may be a good idea to include educational expenses in a child custody agreement or as part of a general parenting plan.
Shared custody can be an ideal way to ensure that your child gets to retain a relationship with both parents. However, it can also lead to tension between yourself and your former partner. In many cases, an open dialogue can resolve these issues in an amicable manner. However, if necessary, a judge may be able to issue a ruling on your behalf.