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How can I coparent well during the school year?

If you are one of the many parents in Florida who has gotten separated or divorced since the last school year ended, the beginning of a new school year might have you wondering how in the world you can or should manage your children's schedules once school gets under way again. Working with a former partner is rarely easy and the extra concern you have about the impact on your of moving between two homes during school can only add to that.

Lifehacker recommends that you and your children's other parent make it a point to at least know the rules and routines established at each other’s homes. Ideally, you can agree on some common routines and rules, such as a consistent time to go to bed. However, you cannot dictate what the other person does but if you are aware of their behaviors and expectations, you can avoid being put in the middle by your kids if they try to assert that something happens a particular way at the other home just in an effort to get their way at yours.

When it comes to communicating with teachers and school personnel, it is helpful if both parents can meet with the teacher together. Letting teachers know kids' routines and how to get in touch with each parent to ensure everyone is on the same page can prevent gaps in communication.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give divorced or separated parents in Florida some ideas on how they can ease the transition back to school.

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