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Four Ways to Help Kids Get Back to School After a Divorce

Posted by Thomas Huguenor on August 10, 2015 in Divorce

If you’ve recently wrapped up a divorce, even annual traditions can feel new and uncertain—including your kids going back to school. Here are four ways to help ease the transition to the new school year for your kids and yourself after a divorce:

  1. Inform the school. Make sure your child’s school and teacher have updated contact information for both parents. You may also wish to specify which parent the school should attempt to contact first in an emergency. Your school’s counselor can also help support children through the back to school process.
  2. Call a “time out” to talk schooling. If you can, put other divorce issues on hold temporarily so both parents can focus on working out a back-to-school routine for the children. Who will pick up the kids after school? If you have shared custody, when will you “switch”? Make a plan, put it in writing, and make sure the kids know it as well.
  3. Focus on communication. Divorce can be emotionally tough – but when it comes to back to school, the only goal is to give your kids the support they need to do their best academically. Focus on communicating through issues like homework help, who will attend school meetings, and working out schedules for activities or sports.
  4. Listen to your children. Every child handles divorce differently. Your child may show feelings of anxiety or anger, or keep them hidden because they’re unsure how to express their feelings. Use times like the drive home from school to listen to kids, whether they want to talk about their feelings or just about their day.

Family law specialists at the Law Offices of Thomas M. Huguenor are dedicated to helping clients navigate through a divorce successfully. Contact our experienced San Diego divorce attorneys today at (858) 458-9500 to schedule a free consultation to learn more.

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