If you share a child with somebody you aren't in a relationship with, you may have already faced some parenting challenges. One challenge many parents face involves choosing a school for their children.

A family attorney can help you understand how the law applies to schooling and custody arrangements. Depending on your situation, certain laws may apply when establishing a school for a child. Here are a few things you should know before you attend any court proceedings.

Custodial Parents and Their Right to Choose

If you are a custodial parent, the court may grant you the right to choose which school your child attends. Custodial parents are usually parents who have physical custody of the child. This means that they typically have a court order giving them live-in rights.

Non-custodial parents may also have some say in the matter. However, if they disagree with the custodial parent's choice, they typically must convince the court that it is in the best interest of the child to attend a different school.

Parenting Time and School Choices

In most cases, parenting time can be a factor in school choice, especially if the non-custodial parent spends a lot of time with the child. 

For example, if the non-custodial parent has scheduled weekend visits with the child, they may be able to convince the court that they should have a say in which school the child attends.

In some cases, the court may order that both parents meet to discuss and agree on a school before it can be approved.

Cost of Schooling

Private schools can complicate some matters. The cost of tuition is another factor that must be considered when selecting a school for a child. In some cases, the court may order that one parent pay for all or a portion of the tuition.

The cost of transportation must also be taken into account. In some cases, the court may order that one parent pay for transportation costs associated with transporting a child to school. These transportation costs may include bus fare or fuel.

Talk to a Family Attorney About Your Child's Education

When making decisions about a child's education, it is important to speak with an experienced family law attorney who can help you understand your rights and the law. 

A family attorney can also help you negotiate any disputes that may arise if both parents cannot agree on the best school for the child to attend.

Working out schooling as part of custody arrangements should be a smooth process. If you have questions or concerns about child custody arrangements, reach out to a family attorney in your area, such as Susan J Lax Law Offices.