Back to School Custody Concerns

Back to School Custody Concerns

As August approaches and the summer days dwindle, parents are preparing for the annual back-to-school-shopping battle harkening the start of another school year. But shifting from carefree pool days to carpools can also raise custody concerns.

Whether you have a long and stable custody arrangement or are just getting started in your new routine, it is important to ensure that your child’s school knows they are co-parented by separate households. If your situation is particularly hostile, it is a good idea to provide your child’s school with copies of the document establishing the terms of your custody arrangement. This may be your written agreement or a court order.

Similarly, notifying your child’s school that you and your co-parent share legal custody is critical to ensuring the school provides both parents access to school records, contacts both parents in the event of an emergency, and allows both parents to pick the child up.

Keeping your child’s school up-to-date is particularly important when your child advances from elementary to middle school or middle school to high school.  A different school means a different administration, and you cannot rely on the schools’ administrations to relay critical custody information.

If you have questions about how to prepare for the upcoming school year the dedicated family law attorneys at Apple Payne Law in Kernersville are ready to help. Call Apple Payne Law today to schedule your consultation.

Author Bio

Ronald D. Payne II
Ronald D. Payne II is the CEO and Managing Attorney of Apple Payne Law, a North Carolina law firm he founded in 2018. With more than 11 years of experience practicing law, he is dedicated to representing clients in a wide range of legal matters, including business law, estate planning, family law, probate, and traffic law.

Ronald received his Juris Doctor from the Wake Forest University School of Law and is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association. He has received numerous accolades for his work, including being awarded the 2020 Client’s Choice Award by Avvo and multiple Rising Star awards from Super Lawyers.

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