Sharing custody orders with schools

On Behalf of | Jul 11, 2023 | Child Custody

Transitioning between schools can be a challenging experience for any child, especially when custody arrangements are involved. To facilitate a smooth process and support the child’s academic journey, it is crucial to maintain effective communication between parents. It also requires cooperation from other parties involved, such as educational institutions.

Sharing orders prohibiting school pickups

In some custody cases, specific orders may be in place that prohibits one party from picking up their child from school. These orders can arise for various reasons and require careful handling to ensure everyone is on the same page. To address this, the court mandates that the order immediately be shared with the child’s school. By doing so, schools can be aware of the specific circumstances and ensure compliance with the order.

Sharing orders with enrolled and new schools

There are cases where a custody determination affects the child’s school enrollment. In this situation, the responsible party should also immediately share a copy of the custody order with the current school. If the child changes schools, the new school should also be given a copy of the custody order.

Consequences of noncompliance

Noncompliance with this can have legal ramifications. The responsible party needs to fulfill this requirement within the designated time frame. Failure to do so may result in penalties or sanctions imposed by the court.

In cases where a party cannot personally deliver the custody or visitation order to the school, they can use alternative means.  The party can either hire a courier or messenger service to deliver the order, contact the school to see if the order can be emailed, or they can simply mail it.  Doing so ensures that even if direct delivery is not feasible, the school will still be informed of the custody or visitation arrangements.

By promptly providing custody orders, parents can ensure that schools can effectively support and accommodate the needs of their children. This proactive approach promotes a smooth educational experience and ultimately benefits the well-being and academic progress of the children.




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