Many Mississippi parents have filed for divorce this summer. That means that the upcoming school year may present some challenges for them and their children. Parents who keep several things in mind may be able to avoid child custody disputes, which can intensify divorce-related stress and negatively affect a child’s school experience.
The most important thing to remember is that parents who no longer want to be married must still interact regarding their children’s health, education and welfare. The more willing co-parents are to cooperate and to peacefully discuss problems that arise, the better able their children might be to cope with the divorce. It may also help the kids to have a successful school year. Always keeping children’s best interests in mind when making school-related decisions helps to keep avoid child custody disputes.
Clear communication and careful planning go a long way toward school success
There are no laws stating that divorcing parents must create a written schedule of events and important dates regarding their children’s upcoming school year. Doing so, however, can help avoid problems. For instance, if parents do not get along, it might be best to schedule special school events, with parents taking turns for attendance.
Build network of support with friends, teachers, coaches and others
Divorce has an impact on children, but it does not have to ruin their school year. If parents speak with close friends, teachers, coaches, guidance counselors and other adults who are key figures in their children’s lives, they can make them aware of the situation and request that they be contacted if a child is showing signs of not coping well, such as poor academic performance, crying at school, having stomach aches or other issues. If a parent feels unable to resolve a particular child custody issue on his or her own, it is wise to reach out to an experienced family law attorney for legal support.