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Homework and Divorce
September 11, 2019 | Freya Allen Shoffner, Esquire | Main Office

Homework and Divorce






Doing homework can be hard enough. It gets more complicated when you have to figure out where completed work goes or how long-term projects will be handled. All of this takes a little more planning when kids divide their time between their divorced parents and their respective homes. It also takes a little more coordination between the parents.

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Commonly children bring a folder home from school containing homework, classwork,
tests, worksheets, papers, and more. Clearly the homework must be done. What isn't clear and is often a point of conflict is where the completed work should go. There are a few possibilities.

Each parent can clarify the documents they want to see and even retain. Each parent can agree to make copies of the relevant documents for the other parent. These copies can be shared in a folder kept in the child's backpack or shared online. The documents can be across all school subjects or specifically subjects that need extra attention.

Another option is for one parent to hold all documents but make them available for the other parent to see and make copies of.

There can be special attachment to art projects. Usually the parent who the child comes home to from school with the project keeps the project at their home. The parents can also agree to share the important projects between homes and even trade them.

Long term projects can be handled in multiple ways. One parent can be responsible for all long-term projects even if the other parent is asked to help. Long term projects can be managed based on subject matter. One parent can be responsible for all science projects while another is responsible for history. Another option is to take turns with the projects. Taking turns may provide for good balance but it also can require more coordination between the parents.

Divorce requires all sorts of agreement and coordination. The more homework issues that are worked out ahead of time the smoother school will go for both the child and the parents.
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