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Planning for success in school after a divorce

Starting school again after a long summer break can be difficult for some children in Pennsylvania. However, emotions are especially heightened when a child is dealing with a divorce during the same period. At the same time, transitions can bring about a great opportunity for kids to shift their goals and expectations. Divorced parents should ideally work together to help their kids establish goals for the year and learn to deal with uncomfortable situations. By setting expectations, kids will find it a lot easier to adjust.

A new school year comes with a lot of expenses, including supplies, clothes, fees and payments for sports and extracurricular activities. Divorced parents need to decide how each of these expenses will be split up so that there is no conflict about the issue later. The easier it is for a child to get all the supplies they need, the less overall stress they will experience.

Scheduling is also a key contributor of stress for children of divorced parents. To make things easier, parents should carefully coordinate routines so that kids have a solid and predictable foundation. It might even be a good idea to create a shared family calendar at both residences. Modern apps make this process relatively painless.

Child custody arrangements among divorced parents have a big impact on school scheduling. Whether or not parents can come to amicable agreements about their children, it's important for each party to have an attorney on their side who can advocate in their interests. The top priority for most parents is to ensure that their children thrive despite a divorce. A legal professional can help their client reach this objective.

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