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Tips for Divorced Parents as Children Head Back to School

By Elijah Paster, Associate Attorney

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Attorney Elijah Paster, an experienced family law attorney with Law Group, P.C., reminds divorced parents to make the extra effort to stay active in children's lives as they head back to school.

With summer winding down, many children are heading back to school. This means divorced parents, especially non-custodial parents, may not see their children as often as they did in recent months. So it's important to make an extra effort to stay involved in their daily lives.

Start by contacting the principal or guidance department at your child's school. Let the school know you have joint legal custody and you expect to be kept up to date with how your son or daughter is doing. Do not rely on your former spouse to keep you informed, especially if you have a contentious relationship.

It's also important to reach out to your child's teacher or team of teachers to follow up on how things are going in the classroom. Ask that you be notified of any issues or concerns that come up so that you can address them immediately, rather than waiting until they get out of control. Make sure to attend the school's open house or parent-teacher conferences so they can meet you in person and put a face to the name. Also try to attend as many school events as possible, whether holiday parties, class plays, science fairs or other presentations. Don't let the custodial parent prevent you from being actively involved in your child's education and participating in events at your child's school.

If your son or daughter participates in sports or other extracurricular activities, do your best to attend the games or events. If you can't make it, call your child afterwards to talk with him or her about it. Don't forget to ask your child about his or her friends and other activities he or she may be involved with. Speaking regularly with your child is very important, especially when you cannot see them on a regular basis.

Children grow up quickly, so it's important to make every effort to keep up to date on what they are doing. Just because the summer is over and you may not see your child as much, doesn't mean you can't stay involved. Follow the tips above to help ensure that you remain actively involved in your child's life.

About Attorney Elijah J. Paster

Elijah Paster is an attorney with Law Group, P.C. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Boston and New England Law, he is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts. He also is a licensed Massachusetts Real Estate agent. He can be reached by calling 617-894-9895 or by email at .

About Law Group, P.C.

Law Group, P.C., represents clients throughout New England on divorce, family law, criminal defense, bankruptcy, personal injury and other legal matters. The firm includes more than two dozen attorneys, paralegals and other staff, working from 20 offices and client meeting locations throughout the region. PLG corporate headquarters are located at 534 SE St, 855, MA, 01772. For more information, call 844- or visit www.lawgroup.com

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