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School safety reminder for parents during a child custody dispute

One issue that needs to be addressed now that the new school year has arrived is the safety and security of children when away from the custodial parent. While a child may not be aware that his or her parents might be involved in a contentious custody fight, schools can ensure that current custody agreements for the child are enforced if they have current information on file. Parents in Georgia can also seek assistance if they are struggling with a child custody dispute.

Parents who have recently divorced, or have a child attending a new school or daycare facility, may provide the school’s administrative staff — as well as teachers — with copies of court documents that stipulate what role the non-custodial parent will play in the life of the child. Custodial parents also need to inform those in charge if there are any protection orders in place. Private care providers also need to be made aware of who is authorized to have contact with a child while under their supervision.

Communication should also include whether the parent who does not have legal or physical custody is permitted to have access to information concerning school activities and educational progress. Schools and daycare facilities bear responsibility for the safety of every child in their care, and as such, staff require up-to-date documents in order to protect children from any harm. Any changes in custody orders during the school year should be brought to the staff’s attention immediately.

Parenting can be a tough task, and when there is conflict between parents, it makes it harder still. It can only help if the adults in a child’s life are on the same page concerning all matters. Georgia parents who are unable to resolve a child custody dispute on their own do have resources that can provide guidance in reaching a resolution.

Source:, “What you need to know about divorce and school security“, Gail Saukas, Aug. 8, 2014