Often parents caught in a custody dispute find themselves entering into custodial arrangements that fit their work schedule it may or may not work for assisting in your childs homework assignments. Often the parent might get a day that is a busy homework day for their child. And if this happens the busy child and parent must somehow get the homework done. That might mean late night hours when no one wants to stay up and burn the midnight oil. Courts always state the custodial parent has the responsibility to make sure the homework gets done. What happens is the parent potentially gets a midweek visit and fails to follow through with the day to day activities of the child. Often a parent might neglect these duties because they feel they are not the primary custodian of the child and do not have to help or make sure homework gets done.
A Court in New Jersey recently visited this issue when a parent getting a midweek overnight visit did not make sure his child got their homework done for school. The Court did not like this type of behavior exhibited by the parent getting the midweek visit and determined that in the Best Interest of the child standard that the midweek could be cut from the schedule for that parent.
The Best interest Standard determines what is the best situation for visitation and custodial time for the child. If one parent cannot maintain what is in the best interest of the child then the Court has broad discretion to alter or eliminate those midweek visits. In fact, it is very important to become very interested in your child’s school activities. This includes homework and also knowing the teachers and classes the child attends. An interested parent becomes a more suitable parent for child custody purposes. Despite having limited time with a child a parent should not neglect schoolwork.
In addition, a parent needs to be interested in their child’s academic success. Often a parent who has limited timeshare does not take that approach. They let personal feelings of resentment and lack of contact with their child get in the way of being a good parent. The midweek visit can be a true life changer for that parent to show the court and the other party their ability to changes the child’s academic success. They should meet the teachers and go to all the parent teacher conferences. Remember that ultimately homework is just a small piece of the puzzle to your child’s success in school. When report cards arrive your handwork on behalf of your child will show with straight A’s. The court system will definitely take note of your commitment to your child’s academic success and most likely your child will in the end appreciate your effort.