Dealing with the New School Year After Your Divorce in Texas 3

Some divorce cases are fortunately finalized in summer where you can still have ample time to make the transition before the school year starts. However, no matter how much time you have set aside for the transition and preparation for the new school year, it can still be challenging and tough for everyone, especially the kids. This is where you can really see how your family will handle the changes brought about by the divorce in Texas.

The kids will have to be passed from one parent to the other and it will be difficult for them to adjust to that setup especially with schoolwork threatening to eat them alive. It is also likely that they will be suffering from emotional scars brought about by the divorce. You will have to help them cope as you cope with the changes yourself.

Tips for Dealing with the New School Year after Your Divorce in Texas

There are many ways of successfully dealing with the post-divorce changes, and it is especially important to try and do so, since the children will be looking up to you for guidance and support with their own problems and emotions in a very difficult time period. Here are some tips that you can use to ensure that your kids’ school year after your divorce in Texas can still have a sense of normalcy to it:

1. Communicate With Your Ex After Your Divorce in Texas

You might think that the finalization of your divorce in Texas means cutting off all ties with your ex-spouse but if you have children, it just isn’t the case. It would be best for your children if you communicate even just for the school needs, activities, extra-curricular activities and homework of your kids.

The new school year will be busy. There will be dental and doctor’s appointments, church, extra classes and other things to mind. Therefore, it is a must to communicate with your ex so that the kids won’t have to suffer from your bad relationship with your co-parent. You don’t even have to talk directly to your ex. You can just update the schedule and to-do list through Google Calendar or co-parenting websites.

2. Avoid Pettiness Like a Plague

It is natural to want to be petty to your ex with some bitter and vengeful thoughts, but for the sake of your children, avoid being petty. In the end, the children will be the ones who will have a hard time. Try to be the bigger person because after all, the children are your priority here. Your pettiness can have a strong negative impact on your children’s education and performance in school. You wouldn’t want that, would you?

3. Plan Everything Related to School

Whether it’s about school supplies that need to be bought or clubs that the kids need to join after your divorce in Texas, planning will ease out the stresses that comes along with the shuffling of the kids between you and your ex-spouse. You need a plan in order to buy the necessary school supplies, sportswear, uniforms and other gear. You will need to coordinate with your ex-spouse about it too. Obviously, the one in charge for paying child support will have to provide financial support before the school year starts so that everything goes as planned.

It is also important to plan and update each other regarding assignments and school projects. It will be heartbreaking if your child will not be able to do well in class because you were not able to plan for the scheduled projects and homework.


Aside from school, you also need to coordinate with your ex regarding your child’s health. This can include scheduled dental care, medical checkups and even updates on recent outbreaks of common contagious diseases in school.

At the end of the day, only you and your spouse can help your kids transition and adapt to the new setup after your divorce.

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Mr. Hutton is a Divorce and Custody Lawyer based out of Round Rock, TX. His background is with child psychology at Arizona State University where he received a B.S. in 2006, and he continued this by working with the Children’s Right’s Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law where he received his J.D. in 2009. Throughout his practice, he has been a strong proponent of utilizing modern technology to improve his practice and the representation of his clients. He currently is the technology chair of CAFA of Travis County and is committed to improving and modernizing the practice of law in Texas. If you have any questions you can contact him at