3 rules for effective co-parenting during the school year

On Behalf of | Jun 17, 2024 | Time - Sharing Law

In Florida, family law judges generally expect parents to cooperate for the benefit of their children. Parents who divorce or separate usually have to establish time-sharing arrangements. They also have to share decision-making authority.

Some parents try to keep their co-parenting arrangements as simple as possible. The idea is to address specific scenarios on a case-by-case basis as they arise. However, such plans often put a lot of pressure on co-parents. They may end up fighting with each other as they attempt to resolve predictable issues related to child-rearing. Some of the more predictable types of parenting issues that arise have to do with children’s education. As such, the following kinds of educational decisions need to be proactively addressed by co-parents who want to minimize tension down the road.

What school the children should attend

There are many different educational opportunities available for children in Florida. There are private schools, charter schools and public schools to choose from, and voucher programs to make options affordable. There are also remote educational programs and homeschooling opportunities to consider. Parents can save themselves a lot of frustration by reaching an agreement early in their separation about what schools the children should attend. That decision can affect everything from time-sharing arrangements to the division of parental property.

What grades the children should earn

Obviously, parents do not directly control the academic performance of their children. However, they often want to see their children obtain the best education possible. Doing so often requires getting good grades. Establishing expectations for the academic performance of children can promote improved academic performance in children. Parents also have an easier time pushing their children toward success when they maintain a united front and the same priorities.

What extracurricular activities they enjoy

Perhaps a child who has previously had issues with their grades now wants to join team sports in middle school or high school. Maybe parents want to see their children involved in some sports but not those that have a high risk of injury, such as rugby and cheerleading. Parents can discuss rules for extracurricular activities as part of a parenting plan. They can determine what activities are acceptable, how many activities children can pursue and what standards they must meet to participate.

If parents do not agree on crucial decision-making matters, then they may have to go back to family court to resolve disagreements. Creating a thorough, proactive plan for sharing parental rights and responsibilities may be the best option for those who must divide parenting time and decision-making authority.