Some parents who go through a divorce have to work together to make decisions about the education of the children. This isn’t always easy to do, but both adults must ensure they are keeping the best interests of the children at the heart of the matter.
There are several things that you need to consider what it might mean to make education decisions for the child. You and your ex will have to work through these together if you’re sharing the responsibility.
- What type of classes will the child take? Many schools have several different levels of classes, including mainstream, advanced placement and special education. Some might have gifted challenge options that you have to consider — or not.
- What extracurricular activities can the child participate in? The schedule for these activities might play a role in what they can do because you have to consider how this might work with the parenting time schedule.
- How will field trips and special events be handled? Field trips and things like attending school sports events, dances and other social events have to be considered. Some of these might be taken on a case-by-case basis, but it might be beneficial to have a set of ground rules to refer to when determining what’s appropriate and what’s not.
As you and your ex set the guidelines for the child’s schooling, be sure to put it all in writing. The parenting plan serves as your guide for things related to the children, so make sure it adequately reflects the decisions you’ve made. As the child grows up, it’s possible to modify the order to meet their current needs.