In A Divorce: 12 Ways To Get Involved In Your Child’s School

You are either in the middle of a divorce or already divorced, and you want to make sure you are involved in your child’s school. Here are some ideas:

  1. Make sure the principal, assistant principal(s) and all your child’s teachers know that you are one of the child’s parents. Make sure they have your name, cell phone number and email address.
  1. Make sure that you know the principal, assistant principal(s) and all your child’s teachers name and their contact information.
  1. If you will be picking up the child from school, then make sure that the administration and security personnel are aware that you will be picking up your child. You may want to tell them what type of car you drive and the license plate number.
  1. If you will be dropping your child at school, make sure you know exactly where drop-offs are supposed to occur and what time you are to drop them off. You should also know the procedure to handle late drop offs.  You may have to walk the child into school and sign them in, however, check with your school to make sure you have the right procedure.
  1. Attend open house night. If you can’t make the open house night, make sure you call or email each teacher to find out what they discussed.
  1. Attend parent-teacher conferences. If you can’t make the parent-teacher conference, make sure you call or email each teacher to find out what they discussed.
  1. Attend school plays, school sporting events, musical events or other school events. As much as possible, attend your child’s participation in school plays, sporting events, musical events or any other school event.
  1. Never, ever argue with your ex-spouse (or soon to be ex-spouse) at school or in front of the school grounds. This is one of the worst things you can do.  No matter what your ex-spouse may say or do to you, you must “turn the other cheek” and just simply either walk away or ignore it.
  1. Make sure you have a copy of the school’s calendar.
  1. Attend the school board of education meetings. You will be surprised what you might learn about the school.
  1. If your child is having trouble at school, make sure you talk to the appropriate school personnel about this and that they know there is either already a divorce or that there is a pending divorce matter.
  1. If your child has made some new friends at school, have your child invite his/her new friends over.

It is important to remember, that although you and your spouse are getting divorced, this should have as little impact as possible on your children.  You should make an extra effort to make sure your child is comfortable at school and that you are involved.

David Badanes and the Badanes Law Office have helped numerous clients in providing legal and practical advice in their divorce and child custody matters.  If you are thinking of getting a divorce, then you need an experienced Matrimonial and Divorce Attorney to guide you through the process.  If you live in Long Island, Suffolk County, Nassau County or New York City, we can help you in obtaining a divorce.

Call David Badanes and the Badanes Law Office today at 631-239-1702 or email at david@dbnylaw.com. We have offices in Northport and Garden City.

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