The many issues a divorcing couple needs to resolve can be daunting. While some couples disagree on nearly everything involving custody and lifestyle arrangements for their children, discussing educational issues can get surprisingly heated. This is because all parents want the best future for their children, but the route to get there can be a point of contention. Should the divorcing couple send their children to a public school or private school? Should the children be homeschooled? These are all important things to consider as each option requires a fundamentally different approach.
Cost is an important factor to consider
If you and your partner decide on a private school education, you will both have to agree on what each of you are willing to contribute. Private schools can cost upwards of $60,000 per year, which is similar to the cost of sending an older child off to college. The issue comes in for children who are already attending a private school and have established an academic routine and friendships.
If one parent doesn’t want to contribute as much as they were before the divorce, that child might have to attend a public school even if it isn’t in their best interests. Even more concerning is having children who are thriving in a certain school that they need to attend due to learning problems. Plucking them out of a curriculum they were doing well in could prove disastrous for their growing self-esteem.
Unfortunately, many public schools have growing expenses as well. Lunches, school supplies and field trips all add up, especially as local schools are finding themselves in an increasingly tough predicament: Each year, they are expected to help children excel academically while receiving less and less governmental funding.
Parents may each need their own legal help as they negotiate the terms of the divorce and child support agreement. A family law attorney may help their client advocate for their own needs and come to an agreement for the best interests of the children.