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Home-schooling and Divorce: How to Make It Work

By: Krystle Crossman

Home-schooling through divorce can be a tricky situation. You need to make sure that both parties are on board and are going to be able to keep a routine going so that the child’s education doesn’t suffer. It can be tough at time with the way some parents decide on custody during a divorce but it is not impossible. Here are some ways that you can get through a split and home-schooling:

1. Come up with a plan. Make sure you know who’s house your child is going to be at and when and from there you can build a school schedule. Home-schooling is very flexible so if the child is with one parent who works during the day they can do their schooling at night. It is a matter of finding that balance in schedules.

2. Make sure that both parties are committed to home-schooling. If one parent isn’t fully committed the other one is going to have to pick up a lot of the slack in order to keep their child’s progress where it should be. This can make things very difficult for the one parent that is willing to continue with the home-schooling and an alternate plan would need to be made in this case.

3. Keep all records of home-schooling and make sure that there are records of agreements between the divorcing parties about the child’s education. This way if someone is not holding up their end of the bargain there will be a record of what they agreed to. This can lead to messy court cases but your child’s education is very important.

4. Talk to others who have been through the same thing. If you know other couples that have split up and have managed to maintain their home-schooling schedule get advice from them on how they did it. You can talk to professionals out there as well to help guide you on this new path.

5. If all else fails you may have to learn to let go of home-schooling, at least for the time being, and put your child back into a public or private school. It may not be the option that you want for your child but sometimes it is better than the child getting half an education at home because the other party does not want to participate.

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