Homeschooling during COVID-19 School Closures

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May 21, 2020 | Sara Khaki

What Can I Do if I Don’t Agree with the Way My Ex is Teaching Our Children?

Many schools across the country have been forced to close due to COVID-19, ensuring that students and staff stay safe and healthy. This decision has led many families to homeschool their children to ensure that they will be ready to return to school when they are allowed. Homeschooling impacts co-parents because they may not agree on the instructional methods or curricula used by their ex.

What Makes Homeschooling Effective?

Everyone has their own way of parenting their children as well as how they teach their kids while schools are shut down for the Coronavirus. Teachers have given advice to help parents understand what tactics work best when instructing children.


It is helpful for children to visualize a schedule because they tend to focus better when they know what to expect. Consistency allows kids to learn more easily because they know what they are supposed to do at any given time. It is also helpful to put breaks into schedules so that you and your children can recharge, which allows them to retain more information when you resume teaching.


It is beneficial to have options when homeschooling your kids. Giving your children a choice in activities may help them learn the information better. Additionally, it can be helpful to make your home environment like your children’s school environment. If your kids are used to staying in one classroom all day, then devote one area of your home to their learning.


If your child is tired or doesn’t understand something, try and help them. By asking your children to read the directions aloud or point you to the section that is causing them trouble, you can go over the information in a different way that may be easier for them to comprehend. This will ensure that your kids truly learn the material.

What Options Do I Have if My Ex Isn’t Implementing Teacher Advice?

We understand that it may be stressful when you feel that your ex is not listening to what your children’s teachers are saying. If this is happening to you, you may have grounds to stop them from homeschooling your children; however, it may be wise to speak with your co-parent first.


You may find it easier to communicate your concerns with your ex before deciding to take them to court. Having an open and honest conversation with your co-parent will be received better than arguing with them. By talking to your ex, you may be able to agree on what changes need to be made to guarantee that your child is retaining the material so they don’t fall behind when they return to school.

Legal Action

If communicating your worries to your co-parent doesn’t work, you can take your ex to court. In this scenario, you will be asking the court to decide about your co-parent’s ability to homeschool your kids. You can present your argument, and the judge will decide what is in the best interest of your children. Although courthouses are closed until further notice, child custody cases are still being heard virtually. This gives you the ability to argue why you believe you should be homeschooling your children by yourself.

Contact an Attorney Today

If you or somebody that you love is having difficulties getting their co-parent to homeschool their children using a consistent schedule, or one parent is lacking discipline when it comes to teaching the kids, you may find it beneficial to seek legal advice. The compassionate attorneys at the Atlanta Divorce Law Group will listen to your concerns and help you voice them to a family law judge. Our team has experience with child custody situations and has the resources to assist you with doing what’s best for your children.

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