When two parents are divorced, making important decisions about their child’s future can be challenging. Decisions regarding which school to enroll in can be particularly problematic since education has such a crucial impact on a child’s life.
Many divorced parents have conflicting philosophies when it comes to education. It’s common for some to believe that investing in the best possible education will be in the child’s interests. However, other parents might argue that boarding school could be an alienating or isolating experience.
If you are considering sending your child to boarding school but cannot agree with the other parent on what is best for your child, it is important to understand how the law could help. It can be possible to present unresolved issues to the court who will then rule for the outcome that they deem in the best interests of the child. The following are some things that the courts will consider when making their decision.
Does the child have a preference?
Most children who are old enough to attend boarding school will be old enough to state a preference regarding their education. They should understand what moving away to boarding school will mean in practical terms, and they should be able to state whether they would prefer to attend a day school. This preference will be taken seriously by the courts, but it is likely that the courts will also take into account the age and maturity of the child.
How will the child be affected emotionally?
Boarding schools offer an extremely high standard of education, but they can also leave children feeling homesick and can lead to separation anxiety. The emotional impact that a boarding school education may have should be evaluated.
How would going to boarding school affect the child’s parental relationships?
Enrolling at boarding school will almost certainly mean that each parent will be spending less time with their child. The geographic location of the school will also impact whether the child will be able to visit their parents at weekends. If boarding school will severely damage the child’s relationships with one or both of their parents, the courts may rule against it.
If you want to ensure that the best educational decisions are made for your child, it is a good idea to look into how the law in Colorado can help.