In many divorce cases with children involved, issues where parents were once unified are now in complete disagreement.  This can also be true for the issue of homeschooling.  In families where both parents were on-board with homeschooling their children prior to the divorce, it is not uncommon for one parent to change their mind and want their child in public school after the divorce.  This change of heart can be based on many factors including a parent’s fear of the children spending so much classroom-time with the other parent or simply disagreeing to inflict pain on the other parent.  Hiring an attorney that understands the issues involved when it comes to homeschooling can make all the difference in the children’s future education.

If one parent opposes homeschooling in the divorce, then the parent in favor of homeschooling is going to need to demonstrate that homeschooling is in the best interests of the child.  The most common objections to homeschooling are the lack of socialization of the child and the lack of academic rigor.  Both of these objections can be overcome.  In regard to academic rigor, meticulous records of the curriculum and progress of the child are required.  It will be necessary to demonstrate that not only does the homeschooling curriculum meet all State requirements, but that it surpasses the curriculum of public school.  In regard to the socialization argument, it will be necessary to show that the child is involved in activities with other children outside of the home.

It is completely possible to continue homeschooling after a divorce, however, hiring an attorney that understands what it takes to get the court on your side is absolutely essential.  If you are located in Palm Beach County or Broward County, call us today at (561) 210-8510 to further discuss your situation.

The Florida legislature has been working on alimony reform for the last couple of years with an alimony reform bill in 2013 that was vetoed by Governor Scott. After the 2013 veto, the Legislature went back to the drawing board and passed another reform bill this year. Even after the Legislature responded to Governor Scott’s criticism from the 2013 veto and made changes to the bill, the Governor again vetoed the 2016 bill. Information regarding the bill can be found here.

Currently, alimony is subject to quite a bit of judicial discretion which creates a lack of certainty and increases the costs of litigating the issue. The bill would have removed most of the uncertainty by creating a formula based on income levels and the length of the marriage. While alimony will most likely be reformed in Florida at some point, it is looking highly unlikely that it will happen on Governor Scott’s watch.

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