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Disagreements over homeschooling

While the temperatures are still giving little indication, fall is just around the corner, and that means back to school time. For divorced parents with children, this time of transition can be even more difficult if there is a disagreement over the education of the child. This can be as simple as which school district the child will attend or making sure homework is done. However, some families may be considering homeschooling, and this hot-button issue can cause big problems in custody cases.

Disputes over homeschooling usually come about in one of two ways. Either the children were homeschooled prior to the divorce and one parent has now changed his or her mind, or the custodial parent has decided to homeschool after the divorce and the noncustodial parent objects. In either of these cases, if the parents cannot work out their differences and come to an agreement, the courts may have to get involved.

Just like with any other dispute involving the children, the courts will hear both sides, take into consideration any evidence and testimony presented and then make a decision it deems in the best interests of the children. Because of this, it is important to make sure you are showing how homeschooling — or public/private school if you are on the other side of the fence — is beneficial to the children when presenting your case.

Whenever you are dealing with a custody issue or family law dispute, it can help to seek information on any applicable laws or guidelines from someone experienced in these types of cases. A family law attorney can also help you understand what to expect from the courts if the case progresses to that level.

Source: hslda.org, "Custody Disputes," accessed Aug. 11, 2015

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