Soon, many kids across the country will be returning to school after summer vacation. For parents, this can be an especially stressful time of year. After all, between running around to buy clothes and school supplies and discussing school-related issues with kids (social anxiety involving classmates, stress over schoolwork or changes to a child’s schedule, etc.), there may be difficult issues for parents to handle. You may find yourself in a position where you are thinking about divorce, or maybe your divorce petition has already been filed and you are in the midst of the process. Either way, it is important to be prepared.

You may decide to postpone your divorce until your child has become adjusted to their new schedule. However, this may not be necessary. Back-to-school season can be stressful, but other times of year (such as the holiday season) can be difficult times to divorce as well. For starters, you could be able to help your child deal with these changes by having a discussion with them and making sure they know that they will continue to have your love. Explaining some of the changes with them can also be helpful and may make them feel more prepared for the future.

Whether you decide to divorce during this time of year or at another point, it is essential to go over your options carefully and have a solid approach. There may be many different family law issues that you will have to address, from child support to custody, and preparation is crucial.