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    Divorced parent kid in schoolChild support, custody, and parenting time are of utmost importance to divorcing parents. However, one area that may be neglected during the settlement is how life will continue to pan out when it comes to your children’s schooling. If you thought it was difficult to juggle school responsibilities when you were a two-parent household, it will become even more challenging post-divorce. 

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    Who’s the Designated Parent?

    Of course, it is always important to try to show a united front for the sake of your children. But we all know that plenty of divorces are vicious and dirty, and there is only animosity coming from those involved. The last thing divorcing couples want to do is sit side-by-side in a parent-teacher conference or at a school play and play nice.

    But you may not trust your former better half to report all the details back to you after an important parent-teacher meeting. And you may not trust that your former spouse will actually show up at the designated events. Being a divorced parent can make you feel obligated to take over every single responsibility when it comes to your child’s schooling. But that won’t be necessary if your divorce decree clearly spells out how every event and situation should be handled. Everything from access to school records, to who is called first when your child is sick at school should be listed clearly so there is no confusion.

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    The Type of Custody Matters

    Physical custody and legal custody are two completely different animals. The parent who has physical custody is who your child lives with the majority of the time. The parent(s) who has legal custody is in charge of making decisions for the child, whether it be about school, healthcare, or religion.

    If both parents share the decision-making, the divorce decree should make it clear that one parent cannot make a life decision about their child without the written consent of the other parent. And that can include anything from joining a new sports team to going on an overnight field trip.

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    Money, Money, Money

    Money matters in a divorce can be contentious and difficult. Who’s getting what assets and who is responsible for what debt is difficult enough to decide. But who is footing the bill for school supplies? School clothes? Lunch? Sporting equipment? Class trips? Tuition? Activity fees? The cost of notebooks and binders add up, and taking on this financial obligation only breeds more resentment where there is already plenty of resentment to go around.

    While the custodial parent may often be the one on tap to dig into their wallet, this is a responsibility that should not have to be handled alone. The non-custodial parent has a responsibility to chip in, and your divorce decree should include this partial payment as a requirement, whether it falls under basic child support or discretionary funds to be used for XYZ.

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    Asking the School for Help

    Divorce is not always easy, and when children are involved the situation can become even more fraught with tension. As you navigate through the ups and downs of your divorce, don’t hesitate to lean on your divorce attorney, and don’t hesitate to ask your child’s school for help. Most schools are willing to work with families that do not get along, that require two copies of documents, or that may need financial assistance in lieu of their new family situation. And if your divorce decree lays out rules about which parent may not, under any circumstances, pick up your child at school, warn the school so they can alert all staff of the situation.

    Concerned that you’re missing something during your divorce when it comes to your child’s education? Contact a divorce attorney at Michigan Divorce Help, PLLC in Mt. Clemens, Michigan, to understand what needs to happen to keep your child provided for and safe.

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    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, Michigan Divorce Help 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.

    Expert Staff

    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.

    Personal Service

    At Michigan Divorce Help, 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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