The new school year is fast approaching. It's time to get your kids ready for all the changes that will take place. If you're divorced, and you share custody with the other parent, it's time to prepare for a new round of custody issues. This is particularly true if there will be changes to your kids' schedules or schools. If you're the primary custodial parent, it's crucial that you work with the other parent to reduce the possibility of custody disputes. The last thing you want is for custody disputes to disrupt your kids' school year. Here are four steps you should take to avoid custody issues this year.

Keep the Other Parent Involved in Activities

If you're the custodial parent, the other parent might not have access to all the school activities and events. That means it's up to you to keep them up-to-date on events that your kids will be involved in. If there are online calendars that the other parent can refer to, be sure to provide them with that information. If new events come up that aren't listed on those calendars, be sure to extend an invitation to those events. Your kids' school year will go much better when they know that both parents are involved in the activities and events. Not only that, but you can help avoid custody disputes by including the other parent.

Discuss Potential Scheduling Conflicts

Now that the new school year is about to begin, scheduling conflicts may arise in the visitation schedule. This is particularly true if your kids are going to be involved in extracurricular activities, or they've changed schools. This can also occur as your kids get older and take on part-time jobs. As soon as you have your kids' school schedules, it's crucial that you discuss them with the other parent. That way, you can discuss potential scheduling conflicts and come to a suitable resolution.

Maintain Communication with the Other Parent

If you're the custodial parent, you'll be the one who receives school reports and educational updates. To avoid conflicts with the other parent, make sure you maintain open communication with them. This should include providing them with copies of school reports and grades, as well as information regarding behavioral issues that might develop throughout the school year.

Keep School Administration in the Loop

If there have been significant changes to the custody arrangements during the summer, you'll need to keep the school administration in the loop. This is particularly important if the non-custodial parent has had their visitation reduced.

Now that the new school year is right around the corner, use the tips provided here to avoid problems with child custody. For questions or concerns, be sure to contact a group like Souders Law Group. They can help you resolve any custody disputes.