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Divorce brings complications for kids going back to school

Parents in Texas who are approaching or going through a divorce, as well as those who've recently finalized a divorce, are wise to give some thought to their kid's upcoming school year. For children and parents, negotiating the logistics of school, friends and activities can get more complicated following divorce. By keeping a few things in mind, however, parents can be prepared when their kids head back to school.

One of the first things to keep in mind is that expenses are likely to increase. The divorce agreement will typically cover large, predictable expenses, but the beginning of the school year is a time of unforeseen costs. Some divorced couples agree to divide such costs evenly; some base responsibility for costs on their relative levels of income, and some use a list of expenses and divide them on a line-item basis.

It's likely that the parents and kids will have to develop new routines for school, especially if custody arrangements move the kids from one house to another during the school year. When it comes to the homework schedule, it's best for the parents to come to an agreement regarding how it will be approached in both households. This can provide consistency, which children need to excel in their classes. If the parents can't agree on the exact rules, it's best if they can cooperate.

Ultimately, the number one priority of the parents involved should be the educational and social development of their children. For people who have questions about the divorce or child custody process, a lawyer may be able to help. A lawyer with experience in family law might help negotiate the terms of property settlement or work toward a child custody arrangement that is satisfactory to all parties. A lawyer may also help one spouse identify assets and income in preparation for divorce or represent the client during official proceedings.

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