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2 tips for telling your child’s school you are getting a divorce

On Behalf of | May 14, 2024 | Family Law

While you may not want to discuss the dissolution of your marriage with your kid’s teachers, the divorce may affect your kid’s education. They may have concentration issues, their performance may lower and their behavior at school may change.

Thus, it may be necessary to talk with your kid’s school. 

Below are two tips to help you when doing this: 

Let your child know first

If you have a middle or high-school-aged child, consider informing them that you will be contacting the school. Your child may not be ready to be treated differently at school. Accordingly, they may need time to prepare for their teachers and peers to know about the divorce. 

Informing the school without their knowledge can make them feel like their opinion doesn’t matter. This can result in them acting out.

Be brief

You need to be brief when informing your child’s teachers about your divorce. Let them know you are getting a divorce and other crucial factors that may impact your child’s school life, such as your living arrangements, who to call during emergencies and so on.

It can also be beneficial to tell your child’s school about the specific effects of the divorce on your child. For example, they are not sleeping well, eating as usual or socializing with friends. This way, the school will know the best ways to handle your child.

Lastly, if your child is getting help outside school, such as therapy, consider informing their teachers.

When going through a divorce, it’s vital to let the people in your child’s life know. You should also consider legal guidance to understand how to protect your child’s interests and your parental rights.