Law Office of Dawn M. Green
Call Today: 410-280-2696 A Maryland Family Law Firm

Graduation is no time for child custody tension

As summer grows near, families all across Maryland are preparing to celebrate graduation. When a child receives his or her diploma, the event marks more than just the culmination of their secondary education; it is also symbolic of the transition from childhood into adulthood. This is a time that should be remembered, for all of the right reasons. Parents who have gone through a difficult divorce or child custody battle must remember that graduation is about the student, not the parents.

This approach begins with communicating with each other about the schedule surrounding the graduation. Both parents should make every effort to be gracious and accommodating. This can be a hectic time, especially if one or both sides of the family have relatives coming into town for the event. The graduate should be allowed to spend time with all relatives, regardless of whether it is "mom's day" or "dad's weekend" when the event arrives.

It is also helpful to discuss celebration scheduling well in advance of the actual event. In some cases, families will be able to hold one combined celebration, with attendees present from all sides of the family. In other cases, separate parties are a better plan. Regardless of who is expected to attend, both parents should be as accommodating as possible.

When families work together to keep the focus on the graduate, this event can be positive for all involved. Parents must remember that their child's graduation is a mark of his or her accomplishments, and not an opportunity to "get back" at one another or cause strife. If nothing else, Maryland parents should take a break from their emotional reaction to the end of the marriage and child custody issues to focus on their child's success, which is also partly the achievement of both parents.

Source: San Diego Ca. Patch, "Your Divorce Is Not Part Of Your Teen's Graduation", Susan C. Schena, March 31, 2016

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Resolve Your Family Legal Concerns, Schedule A Consultation Today.

If you need help with a legal issue regarding your family, we can help. Contact us online or call 410-280-2696 to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Law Office of Dawn M. Green
275 West Street
Suite 102
Annapolis, MD 21401

Phone: 410-280-2696
Fax: 410-280-1333
Annapolis Law Office Map

Review Us