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How can you and your ex cooperate as school starts?

The school year is starting up again, and that means you and your ex may need to be in touch about how you're going to proceed.

Remember, your child custody plan should focus on your child's best interests. This can mean stepping out of your comfort zone or doing things you wouldn't otherwise want to do. Below are a few tips to work with your ex at this time.

1. Divide the costs.

You child will need all sorts of supplies: books, paper, pens, pencils, a calculator and much more. New backpacks and school clothes may be in order. A new laptop may be needed. Work together and divide the cost so that your child gets what he or she needs.

2. On the first day, take your child together.

You may have a schedule in place for who drops your child off every day, but it can help if you're both there for that very first day -- especially if it's at a new school. Kids feel overwhelmed and nervous, and this joint support can help.

3. Talk to the teachers.

Don't assume they know your parenting plan. Talk to them about your living situation, who can pick the child up, who will come to conferences and things of this nature.

4. Talk to each other.

Communicate with your ex. Talk about your child's grades, activities and the stories he or she tells you when returning from school each day. Even if you're not thrilled to stay in touch, do it for your child. Stay involved.

As you both consider these tips, remember to also consider your legal rights, your official custody agreement and how it may factor in.

Source: HuffPost, "10 Smart Back-To-School Tips For Divorced Parents," Brittany Wong, accessed Aug. 18, 2017

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