Many people don’t feel comfortable talking about divorce. Even if ending the marriage is what they want, it still feels like a very personal decision. They may decide just to tell close family members.
While everyone can make this decision on their own and there’s no legal obligation to tell any other individuals about the divorce, parents may find that there are some key benefits to telling the child’s teacher. In many ways, this can be very helpful for both the child and the staff at school.
Changes to the pickup schedule
For one thing, schools are very careful about who picks up the children at the end of the day to ensure that they’re safe. If the divorce is going to change the schedule or if someone else – such as a grandparent – is going to be authorized to pick up the children, the school needs to know.
Adjusting to classroom changes
It’s also worth noting that divorce can sometimes have an impact on a child’s performance in the classroom. It could also affect their emotional ability to get along with other students. Parents do not have to tell the child’s teacher about what’s happening at home, but letting them know can sometimes help the teacher anticipate these changes and react to them effectively.
After all, teachers are often a source of support for children if they need someone to talk to. An informed teacher may be very helpful for a child.
The legal process
As you can see, there are a lot of things to consider in divorce that go well beyond child custody or dividing marital assets. Be sure you know about all of your legal options and your obligations.