If you are co-parenting with an ex-spouse, then you will need to inform
them if you plan to switch the school that your child is going to attend
next year. In some cases, you may have the authority to choose a school
on your own, but you may need to share the responsibility of educational
choices with another spouse. In most states, parents who want to modify
their child's educational arrangements need to prove that there has
been a change of circumstances which warrants the change. For example,
you may be able to argue that your child is graduating to a new grade
and needs to attend a new school that provides teaching for that grade.
Also, you can argue that a school change is necessary if your child has
become increasingly interested in a particular sport or artistic talent
and wants to go to an educational facility that is well-known for their
sports or arts programs. Also, if your child is having a hard time at
school and wants to switch, this may be a legitimate reason. Family courts
are instructed to always act in the best interests of the children, rather
than act based on the parent's wishes. Sometimes, if a child switches
schools this may also result in changing a
visitation schedule. You will want to discuss this option with your ex-spouse and
may need to get a Los Angeles family attorney involved if things are proving
to be difficult.
Teenagers typically have their own say in the matter when it comes to switching
schools. A teen can petition to switch schools and normally parents will
need to rearrange their visitation rights for the child around that teenager's
wishes. Children that are still in elementary school or even junior high
school may need to work with their parents and the courts in order to
change schools. Things can become more complicated when the school is
a boarding school or is in another district or county. If you want more
information about school issues, hire a lawyer at Claery & Green today.
You will want the lawyers at this firm to assist you immediately. If you
don't get started now, you may not be able to get these arrangements
worked out by the time school starts back up in August.