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DuPage County family law attorneysWhile it may seem that summer just started, a quick look inside any big-box store is all the proof you need that back-to-school time is right around the corner. Shelves and displays are filled with notebooks, backpacks, and pencils, and school-appropriate styles dominate the clothing racks. As a parent, you are likely to be feeling a mix of emotions about sending your children back to school. On one hand, it is a little sad that summer will soon be over, but on the other hand, you could probably stand a little extra quiet time after being around your children more consistently. If you share co-parenting responsibilities with your former partner, however, back-to-school is a perfect time to re-evaluate your rules, boundaries, and other elements of your parenting arrangements.

Talk About the Upcoming Year

It is important for both parents to know what to expect for the new school year. If you are the parent with the majority of the parenting time, you probably have a good idea of what teachers your child will have, what time the bus comes, and similar details. For the sake of your children, be sure to share this information with the other parent. You may also need to confirm that the school is aware that each parent should be receiving important notices and paperwork. If you are the parent with less parenting time, you should also check with the school to make sure you are kept in the loop.

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DuPage County family law attorneyIf you are a parent who has recently separated or divorced your spouse, you may be unsure of how to navigate the new school year now that you are not with your child’s other parent. Luckily, there are some steps you can take to make the school year go more smoothly and help your child be as successful as possible.

Have a Team Mentality

Recently, a picture has been making the rounds on social media. It appears unremarkable at first, as it shows two women, one on either side of a small girl holding her hands while walking through a school. What makes the picture special is that one of the women is the girl’s biological mother and the other is the father’s new girlfriend. The two women admit that it took about a year for them to reach this level of cooperation. It is not always easy to work together with an ex or an ex’s new partner, but doing so will only benefit your child. If possible, both parents should drop their child off at school on the first day. They should also attend meetings and parent-teacher conferences together. This not only ensures that all adults are on the same page when it comes to the child’s academic life, but is also a fantastic example to the child of how to overcome differences.

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