Back to school signals child custody transition for parents

By |2022-03-31T19:07:41+00:0003 Oct 2014|Categories: Child Custody, Divorce|

Back to school signals child custody transition for parents

Many California residents think that once the court determines which parent is the custodial parent, the child custody process and other issues also end. This is not the case, however. The responsibility of both parents for their children does not end until the child reaches adulthood. Moreover, conflicts may arise after parents settle child custody, and these new conflicts may also have to be resolved.

Often problems and disagreements escalate with the new school year. The child custody agreement may require the child to go from one parent’s house to the other’s during the school year, and if both parents are not comfortable communicating about drop offs and meet ups, more divorce drama may develop. There are instances where parents argue about which house should be used for the child’s first day of school photos, simple things that can cause big problems for those involved. Under such circumstances, parents must know how to effectively interact because a simple divorce conflict can greatly impact a child’s emotional and physical well-being.

A child’s smooth transition during the school year rests in the hands of his or her parents. Parents should learn how to ignore their personal conflicts and focus instead on how they can help their child adjust to the divorce and do well in school. By attending school events and activities, parents are showing that they care for the child. They can also address the little details that have a huge impact on the parent-child relationship. For example, parents can share an Internet-based calendar to stay updated on school activities and events.

Both parents and their child need a certain period of adjustment after divorce. However, it is the responsibility of parents to help the child adjust to the situation. Parents should not forget that divorce does not dissolve their relationship with their children.

Source: The Huffington Post, “Back to school after divorce,” Accessed Sept. 25, 2014

About the Author:

Dorie Anne Rogers - The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC
Dorie A. Rogers, a Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California, has been an attorney since 1981 with an exclusive family law practice located in Orange County. She is accepting dissolution cases with support and property issues including the use of forensics to ascertain business value, community interests and to establish monthly case flow analysis. Ms. Rogers has substantial experience in high conflict custody litigation involving sophisticated psychological issues. She drafts premarital and postmarital agreement designed to define and establish parties' separate and community property interests. Paternity cases and domestic violence matters are considered part of her practice. Ms. Rogers is a court-approved and court-appointed to represent minor children.Ms. Rogers consults with individuals concerned about entering or exiting a relationship. She advises effective strategies for dissolution or premarital planning. Knowledge is power and good planning affords better results.Specialties: Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California
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