Should I Share Custody Information With My Child’s School?

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Deciding whether to share custody information with individuals in your child’s school can be difficult. On the one hand, you may need to provide information to your child’s teacher or daycare personnel to ensure that your child receives the best care possible. However, on the other hand, you may want to keep some aspects of your custody arrangement private.

In this blog post, our child custody attorneys at Knies, Helland & McPherson will discuss why it is essential to be mindful of the custody information you share with others. We will also discuss how you can teach your children about the tradeoff between parents so they are better prepared for future conversations they may have at school.

Sharing Custody Information With School Personnel

If your child is young, you might wish to discuss relevant information regarding their custody and care with their school teacher or daycare provider. These individuals can help your child ensure they are taking the correct school bus home or are being dropped off and picked up by approved personnel, such as you, their other parent, or any other trusted adults in their life.

If your family has reduced contact with your child’s other parent or other family members, you may wish to share limited information about this matter with your child’s school personnel to ensure they can only be picked up by approved individuals.

Keeping Custody Information Private

However, there are a few reasons why you may want to keep custody information private. First, custody arrangements can be difficult and emotional. You may not want to share custody information with individuals not directly involved in your child’s life because it can be difficult to explain the custody arrangement.

Additionally, custody arrangements are often confidential, and you may not want to share this information with individuals who are not directly involved in your child’s life. If you wish to keep your family matters confidential, you should refrain from sharing information about your child’s time-sharing agreement or visitation arrangements with others.

If your child is a pre-teen or teenager, you might not wish to share custody information with their school. You might feel your child is old enough to understand their custody arrangement and not need a reminder from their teachers or other important adults in their life.

Sharing Custody Information With Your Child

If you decide to share custody information with your child, teaching them about the tradeoff between parents is vital. Custody arrangements can be difficult for children to understand, and it is important that they understand why they see each parent separately.

You should explain to your child that they will have to spend time with both parents and that there are some days when they will be with one parent and others when they will be with the other parent. Additionally, you should teach your child about the custody arrangement so they can be prepared for taking the school bus home, getting ready for the custody tradeoff, and time management.

Partnering With You For a Successful Future

At Knies, Helland & McPherson, our child custody attorneys understand that each family is unique. Our family law attorneys can help you review your child custody circumstances and prepare for the new school year.

Contact us today by calling (719) 626-8530 to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help your family.

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