Parenting is intended to be a collaborative process whereby parents work together jointly to decide how they are going to raise their children. However, when a marriage starts to crumble, parents may sadly lose sight why they made the choices they did. It’s then that one parent may elect to challenge the other.
Homeschooling, confirmed as a legal educational choice by the state Supreme Court in 1994, is one of those issues. It’s becoming an ever-popular tool one parent is using to gain custody of one’s children over the other throughout the state of Texas.
Despite the legality of the method of instruction, in recent years, a judge deciding what’s the in the best interest of the child has come down to his or her own perspective on homeschooling. This has resulted in some judges deciding to rule in favor of awarding primary custody to the parent who promises to enroll the children in public schools over the parent who wants to continuing to home school them.
In light of this trend, parents wishing to strengthen their cases for continuing to home school their children will need to document how the curriculum provides an adequate foundation for their child’s intellectual and educational development. One way to do this is by producing annual, third party standardized test results that show your child’s successful academic progress.
If further evidence of the merits of homeschooling are needed, calling in witnesses to testify as to benefits associated with this instructional approach may prove valuable. Character witnesses that can be brought in to speak about a parent’s fitness as his or her child’s teacher may prove to be beneficial as well.
One criticism of homeschooling is that it keeps kids from learning socialization skills. You may want to have your child seen by a child psychologist for an assessment. He or she will look for any potential anti-social behaviors your child exhibits, a factor that could shape a judge’s decision as to custody.
Although working collaboratively with your spouse to settle educational issues outside the courtroom is ideal, if you have to take the matter to court, having an experienced pro-home education attorney at your side will only help in giving rise to your case.
Source: thsc.org, “Home schooling and child custody,” Tim Lambert, accessed May 02, 2017