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Preparing for the new school year after a divorce

The beginning of a new school year is a stressful time in many Connecticut households, and preparing for the academic year ahead can be especially difficult for divorced parents. However, experts say that the pressures this time of year places on co-parenting arrangements may sometimes actually strengthen parental bonds and help divorced spouses to become more comfortable with their new domestic situations.

Children who will be attending new schools are often apprehensive. Divorced parents could help their children to deal with these issues by telling them about their own school experiences and how most of their fears turned out to be unfounded. Experts say that discussing their goals and trepidations with their parents can help children to prepare for the challenges they will face, and they also encouraged divorced spouses to have these conversations together whenever possible.

The cost of computers and other school supplies can strain the budgets of divorced parents who may already be finding it difficult to make ends meet. Anticipating these expenses and discussing how they could best be covered may help parents to avoid unexpected bills and the acrimonious disputes that often ensue. Visitation arrangements may also have to be revisited to account for more demanding school schedules. Experts encourage divorced parents to work together to ensure that children complete their homework, and they warn them about the pitfalls of being lax on this issue in order to paint their former husbands or wives as draconian taskmasters.

Negotiations over sensitive matters like alimony and property division often become acrimonious. When young children are involved, family law attorneys with experience in divorce cases may begin these talks by discussing custody and visitation. Parents want what is best for their children, and covering these issues early in negotiations could build a foundation of empathy and compromise that makes reaching an amicable divorce settlement easier.

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