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Plan for your child's academic success after a divorce

When you are going through a divorce, you have to think about how it will impact your children. One thing that many parents might not realize is that a parent's divorce can impact the child's academics.

The ways that your divorce impact your child's academic life depend on personality and age. Whether your child has to switch schools or move can also have an effect on this. Here are some points to think about regarding a parent's divorce and a child's education.

The parenting plan

You and your ex need to decide who is going to make education and schooling decisions. In some cases, both parents work together to make these plans. There are some instances in which one parent will take the lead on these matters. Determining how everything about school will be handled and putting this information into the parenting plan can maintain consistency and peace.

Let the teacher know

You should let the teacher know about the divorce. There are some instances in which children need some extra support after their parents go through a divorce. If the teacher doesn't know what happened, he or she might not be able to offer that support. When you discuss the situation with the teacher, let him or her know which parent should be contacted about school matters. If both parents are involved in these decisions, using communication options like group messages or emails might be a good option. In no circumstances should you try to place the teacher in the middle of the arguments between you and your ex.

Set expectations

You have to let your child know that academic success is important. Don't let the child think that just because his or her life changed that grades can slip. Instead, set up expectations from the start about what is considered acceptable. You can't stop there. You need to work with your ex to give your child the tools needed to achieve that success. This might include making sure the child has space at each home to do homework and study.

Plan for extracurricular activities

Your child might want to play sports or participate in extracurricular activities. Make sure that you plan carefully for this. You and your ex will likely need to work together to make sure that your child gets to all of the activities. You might want to include information about who pays for what activities when you make the financial decisions for the children, such as the child custody agreement or support order.

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