Legal Custody Area
What is Educational Decision-Making in the Context of a Divorce?
As children spend almost all of their formative years in school or otherwise receiving structured education, decisions concerning education are often the most impactful and consequential decisions parents may make for their children. In terms of legal custody, the parent with final decision making for education has the ultimate authority to make a final decision when the parties disagree.
Scenarios for Educational Decision-Making
Choice of Schools
What Grade Level?
Course of Study
In order to address concerns about final decision-making authority being granted to another parent for educational purposes, limits could be put into place. For example, the parties could agree that private school will continue at "XYZ school" unless both parties agree to make a change.
Rights BOTH parents have in Relation to Educational Information about their Child
Regardless of who is the final educational decision-maker, unless the court orders otherwise, BOTH parents have the right to receive all notices regarding their child's academic performance and attend all parent-teacher conferences.