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No matter how long you’ve been divorced, back-to-school time gets a little complicated. Now COVID-19 has made the transition from summertime to school days even more stressful. Parents are looking at an abnormal school year ahead. These combined complications make it a challenge for divorced Michigan parents to honor their parenting plan and keep kids’ best interests at the forefront. Here are tips to make it work.

Agree on an Educational Plan

Every educational decision for your child falls under legal custody – including where and when to send your child to school. You may want to keep your child at home to do distance learning if your school district offers that as an option, or you may want to try homeschooling. Your ex may want your child to be in the classroom no matter the social distancing precautions and unknown risks.

If you have joint legal custody, disagreeing over where your child will be at the start of the school year is not an option. Your child’s schooling is a decision that you must make and agree on together now. Here are some options:

  1. Acknowledge the reality. Your child’s world is in flux. They spent three months away from school and on a computer trying to learn. Summer has likely been unusual without camps or frequent playdates. Now they’re facing a fall in a school environment that will be foreign to them or they’re looking at another several months quarantined at home.
  2. Work together. You may not have had an amicable divorce with your ex, but for the sake of your kids and everyone’s sanity, working together now is the best thing you can do. Discuss all the options and alternatives available to your kids for schooling and the logistics of making each one happen successfully according to your parenting time plan and work schedules.
  3. Be empathetic. You know your ex has elderly parents who live with him or her. Or maybe your ex has a compromised immune system and cannot withstand elevated health risks. Sending your kids to school compromises their quarantine and the health of others. You don’t want to keep your children apart from their other parent because of an educational decision, but you feel strongly about them being in school. At some point, you may have to bend to ensure that everyone in your child’s orbit remains as safe and healthy as possible.
  4. Get help. Consult with a parent coordinator – an expert who helps you manage conflict so you can co-parent your children successfully – to help you work through the impasse you and your ex have reached because of COVID-related educational decisions. Or reach out to your pediatrician to assess the risks of sending your child back to school based on the child’s health and the health and safety of the members of both your households.
  5. Talk to your divorce attorney. If you and your co-parent simply cannot reach an agreement over how to manage your child’s education this school year, you may need to reach out to your divorce lawyer to determine whether you have the option to file a motion with the court to have your wishes recognized. During this busy and chaotic time, getting before a judge is likely to be delayed. It is in your best interest to work together to figure out your own parenting plan.

If you need support, contact the family law attorneys at Femminineo Attorneys in Macomb, MI, to schedule a meeting.


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Family Law Expertise

Most lawyers are in a general practice and do some of everything. One of our main focuses is on Family law and being expert at divorce, custody and support matters.

Strong Relationships

We are in court daily, working with the family court judges, their staff and clerks, the Friend of the Court office, the Bar Association and other attorneys working in this area. We pride ourselves on fighting hard for our clients while working well with everyone.


Our extensive experience and strong relationship with the courts and our peers leads many judges and attorneys to hire us to act as Mediators in other Family Law cases. Make no mistake; having a strong working relationship with the court can have a massive impact on your case. Unlike most attorneys, we have no fear of the court room and are in trial regularly against the best in the business. We see the judges every week and maintain strong ties with their staff.

We Care

Although every attorney can “handle” your case, Femminineo Attorneys cares about you and your family. We work extremely hard to keep this difficult process civil and to shelter your children from as much of the negative facets as possible.


Once your case is concluded, we will be there to help you with any post-judgment problems that may arise.


Everyone’s financial situation is different and we work with our clients to formulate a fee arrangement that works within your means.


We have handled every possible situation involving domestic law. We will do everything possible to wrap up your case in a timely manner, avoiding delays that cause unnecessary legal fees.


When your case cannot be easily solved, we will fight hard and use all of our resources to win. Unlike most attorneys, we have no fear of the court room and we regularly win cases against the best in the business at trial.

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Unlike many attorneys who have a part-time typist and work 30 hours a week, we have an expert staff available all day long to assist you and provide immediate service. We are available to our clients 24 hours a day through our hot line at 586-854-3654.

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At Femminineo Attorneys, your case will be handled by an experienced family law attorney. Each of our attorneys in our family law division has many years of experience in handling family law matters.

We encourage you to see these differences for yourself and call today to speak with one of our partners or schedule a free consultation at our office.

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