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Seeking child custody? It may pay to be a teacher's pet

When trying to negotiate the terms of a child custody settlement, many parents feel like they need to prove themselves. Some parents approach the custody hearing as a popularity contest and seek to gain the judge's approval by trying to prove they are the most fun parent. Turns out a child's teacher may actually hold the key to which parent comes out on top in a custody battle.

Attempting to settle child custody matters, more and more judges are routinely calling upon the child's teachers to provide testimony related to each parent's involvement in the child's education. Involvement, however, can be a difficult thing to prove. So how can a parent who may only see their child two or three days out of the week prove they are taking an active and responsible role to further their child's education and overall development?

It's important for parents to make concerted efforts to be actively involved with their child's school. In this case, actions speak louder than words so a parent should make sure to pick their child up from school and engage teachers in conversation about their child's well-being. They should also make sure to inquire about potential volunteer opportunities at their child's school or make an appointment to speak with teachers to get an idea of how their child is doing socially and academically.

Another big way a parent can show their involvement is by helping their child with homework. Let's face it, homework isn't fun at any age, but assisting your child with their geometry homework can go a long way in proving your commitment and diligence as a parent.

Any issue related to child custody is emotional and stressful for a parent. Ultimately the most important factor is the child's wellbeing and typically ensuring each parent has sufficient time with the child is in everyone's best interest. For those parents concerned about child custody matters, taking an interest in your child's education may greatly benefit you and, most importantly, your child.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Want Custody of Your Kids? Get Involved With their School!," Joseph E. Cordell, Mar. 8, 2012

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