Co-Parenting Tips for Back to School

Mom waving to child on a school bus

As students head back to school, co-parents must be mindful of the challenges that can arise. Every family is different, so they need to tailor their co-parenting approach specifically to their situation.

Below our Manhattan child custody attorney shares a few tips to help make the school year go as smoothly as possible for parents and children.


No matter the season of life co-parents are in, flexibility is critical for everyone’s mental stability. Because of different schedules and school commitments, it can be difficult to coordinate everything perfectly. Co-parents need to be understanding if plans need to be changed at the last minute and work together to come up with solutions that work for everyone.


Along the same lines of flexibility, communication is key. Co-parents should check in regularly about how things are going, both in terms of logistics and emotionally. If any issues need to be addressed, the co-parents should try to work together to find a solution. Communication is essential for co-parents in general because it helps to avoid misunderstandings and keeps everyone on the same page.


While changes can happen, the more consistent a schedule can be is better for everyone in the long run. Setting routines and expectations will help children feel secure during this transition. If possible, co-parents should discuss and come together on a few key points they can agree upon. This will make things much easier for everyone involved.


Co-parents should give their children grace in that they may be feeling overwhelmed. Going back to school is a big adjustment after a long break and they may need extra support. Co-parents should be patient as they settle back into a routine and offer help if they seem to struggle.

Having Complications with Your Co-Parent?

Everyone wants the back-to-school season to be a success for their family. If you have difficulty with this transition with your co-parent or have other questions regarding child custody and visitation, the team at Law Office of Julio E. Portilla, P.C. is here for you. Read what past clients have to say about our services and schedule a consultation today. (917) 909-6166

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