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Helping kids thrive at school after a divorce

A new school year can be both exciting and a source of anxiety for children in Illinois and throughout America. However, children and parents alike may face challenges in trying to prepare for a school year after a divorce. By taking some time to prepare, parents can help their children set goals for the year and clarify some rules and expectations.

Ideally, both parents will take part in establishing goals and expectations for the new year. This can help the adults learn how to work together while helping the child to clearly understand what they are supposed to do. Ideally, children will create goals related to what happens in the classroom as well as outside of the classroom. Parents and children should also discuss the financial implications of accomplishing one or more of these goals.

While child support may help to pay for basic necessities, it doesn't necessarily cover all entertainment or educational expenses. In some cases, the child could be asked to contribute financially if it doesn't create an undue burden. In addition, it is a good idea to create a calendar to ensure that everyone knows where they are supposed to be and when. Doing so can be especially important when children play sports or if parents have irregular working hours to contend with.

When parents get divorced, their focus will ideally be on raising their children. Creating a parenting plan can make it easier for both exes to have a role in their child's life after a divorce. An attorney can help a parent navigate the separation process and obtain a fair custody order. Generally speaking, children do better when both parents are in their lives.

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