On behalf of Gary Kirk of Kirk Montoute Dawson LLP posted in Family Law on Friday, August 31, 2018.
It’s a hectic time of year when kids are getting ready to head back to school. There are many changes on the horizon when starting a new grade, and those changes can seem even more challenging when kids whose parents have recently split up are back in class. Newly divorced parents in Alberta who share child custody of their kids may find this time of year particularly stressful, compounded by the fact of also being new singles. There are certain family law solutions that can help.
The first lesson outside of the classroom is for parents. They must put their kids first by positively co-parenting them. That means both parents need to take a proactive approach when helping their children to deal with the parents being newly divorced and the kids going back to school. Children thrive on routine and parents may be able to help their kids by planning ahead for things like homework and after-school activities. It never hurts to ask children what they would find interesting to do when the school day is done.
Ironically, communication between divorced parents is key to helping their children have a smooth back-to-school transition for the first time after a divorce. Both parents should be aware of what is happening with their children in school and how the kids are coping. There are ways to overcome any stressors.
One of the best family law solutions when it comes to parenting as divorced parents includes an all-encompassing co-parenting plan. An Alberta lawyer may be able to help his or her clients with fashioning a plan for his or her unique circumstances and family dynamic. Parents who are on the same page when it comes to their children’s schooling are putting their children’s best interests first.
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