Back to School and Co-Parenting
By Carolyn Mirabile, Family Law Managing Partner
It is back to school time and parents should be prepared to understand their rights and responsibilities as it relates to custody. Most custodial agreements provide for shared legal custody. As a result, both parents not only have a right to participate in school selection, but they have a right to all school related information, attend all school functions including activities and parent/teacher meetings.
If the parties cannot reach an agreement on school selection, they may need to file a petition with the court before enrolling their child(ren) in school. Additionally, each parent should directly contact the school to confirm both the teachers and administration have updated contact information and are aware the child(ren) is living in two separate households so that information is mailed or emailed directly to both parents simultaneously.