Child Custody and Your Duty to Pack Your Child’s Book Report

the beautiful little children with a suitcase of toys isolated on a white background

You’ve left family court in Baton Rouge and the ink is dry on your 50-50 joint child custodyjudgment.  You are paying or receiving a just amount of child support.  The worst is over. Wrong. If you do not realize that your children are now living out of a suit case that you must pack, unpack, and inspect as if you were a member of the TSA, you are not ready for what comes next.

One of the largest bones of contention between divorced parents is each one’s failure to ensure that homework, school books, notebooks, shoes, uniforms, toothbrushes, medication, cell phones, and computers are packed up and delivered when the children change residences at the 50 yard line.  Depending on the age of your children, you may think that they can get their things together themselves.  This is a delusion.

Even the most careful adult will occasionally forget something tucked away in the bottom drawer of a dresser in a hotel room or accidentally kicked underneath the bed.  Multiply that risk by 1,000 and you have the likelihood that your 8 year old will forget to take his book report with him when he leaves your house for his other one.  Ensuring that your children arrive with all their accoutrements is your job and you must take it seriously.  If you do not, you may be consulting with your lawyer again sooner than you thought.