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Co-parenting advice for the upcoming school year

Now that it's August, the school year is just around the corner. For parents who are divorced, the school year can create unique challenges around child custody and parenting plans.

Divorced parents know how difficult it can be raising their children with their ex and during the school year, parents usually face more challenges due to school assignments, field trips and social obligations. When dealing with these issues, parents should keep in mind the best interests of their children and take steps to make the school year as rewarding as possible for everyone.

Parents should be aware of school-related issues they may run into this school year and take steps to make co-parenting a better experience for themselves and their children. One way parents can reduce the stress during the school year is to stay up-to-date on when assignments or projects are due. Both parents should have a schedule of their child's education and classes to help their children stay on task throughout the year.

Parents should not force their children to relay information between them and having your own organized list of what is expected of your children in the classroom can reduce the risk of missing an assignment as well as ease the burden on your children.

It may also be beneficial to schedule a conference with your child's teachers at the beginning of the year and throughout the school year if necessary. While not all teachers will remember your children's specific family situation, it may be helpful for them to understand what is going on at home without making your children discuss it openly with their teacher.

Co-parenting during the school year may have its challenges but parents should take a proactive approach to help their children succeed this school year.

Source: Huffington Post, "Back to School: Learning to Share Is Not Just for Kids," Nicole H. Sodoma, August 1, 2013

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