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New school year could mean child custody issues in Pennsylvania

As the new school year quickly approaches, various emotions may be running high. Pennsylvania children may be dreading class and homework while looking forward to seeing their friends, and parents may be feeling stressed over reworking schedules to accommodate child custody arrangements. Luckily, there are a few steps that parents can take to help reduce the stress for all involved.

The first thing parents may want to ensure is that the schedule they have stays consistent. Because some parents may allow their children to ride the bus and others may want to pick their children up from school, it is important that children know which parent prefers what and on which days their transportation may differ. If parents are constantly changing the schedule, children can easily become confused.

Parents may also want to create a system for taking care of certain expenses during the school year. Because field trips, lunches and school fair activities usually come with some expense, parents may need to discuss how the financial needs will be split. If the children stay with one parent more than the other, that parent may be in the position to provide the money when needed. In this type of situation, a parent may want to keep track of the expenses in order to potentially split the costs with the other parent later.

New school years can be simultaneously exciting and stressful for parents and children. If necessary, parents may need to revisit their child custody agreements in order to ensure that any rescheduling upholds the arrangements that have been agreed upon. If a conflict arises, Pennsylvania parents may wish to look into their options for an evaluation of the circumstances to determine whether changes need to be made.

Source: The Huffington Post, "5 Back to School Strategies for Divorced or Divorcing Parents", Cheryl and Joe Dillon, Aug. 11, 2014

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