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This webpage is provided for informational purposes only. It is not legal advice. If you are considering or involved in a divorce, please consult a licensed attorney who can best answer your questions and represent your interests.
Oftentimes divorce disagreements about homeschooling fall under one of two categories.
MoneyGetting divorced costs a lot of money. If you wind going to court, each party could face attorney fees of $20,000 or more. Even if you can negotiate a settlement with your ex, the idea of leaving your house behind and loosing half of your retirement funds can cause great anger.
You can understand the level of frustration a parent feels when they see their divorce as, "I've lost my house. I've lost my kids. I'm living in a cheap apartment. And my ex doesn't have to get a job because of homeschooling."
ControlLots of finger-pointing happens during a divorce, wanting to assign blame for the failed marriage. You'll often hear, "I'm not going to let my ex win - even if I lose everything."
It's hard to think of divorce as a win-win situation for any of the parties involved. However, approaching your divorce with a conquering attitude will usually result in you loosing out on some of the more important issues.
Listen For the ProblemOnly you know the history of your marriage and why it's broken up. If you've dealt with an abusive partner, then most of these statements will not apply to you. However, for most married couples, a lot of fear fuels their speech during the early days of their divorce. The words may be saying one thing, but if you listen closely, you may hear the underlying message.
How you respond to these types of statements will depend upon how well you can stay calm. Hearing such hurtful remarks from your former spouse may cause you to want to lash out and be spiteful in return.
Working with an attorney who understands homeschooling will help keep discussions and negotiations moving forward in a respectful manner that keeps the kids' educational best interests at the forefront.
Working with an expert witness who can testify on behalf of a homeschool family can also help your case. Contact Maryland Hand In Hand Homeschool to discuss how we can be of assistance to you in your case.
The information on these pages is provided for informational purposes only. It is not to be construed as legal advice or counsel.
January 16, 2018