Back To School

For many in Connecticut, this year’s COVID– plagued back to school season looms over their heads like a huge storm cloud. For families contemplating divorce, the fear and agony of what used to be a normal rite of passage may be ratcheted up to an almost unbearable degree.

Beyond the entirely reasonable concerns that your sporadically-masked child may bring home what for many older people is a fatal disease, new financial constraints may dramatically alter the back-to-school routine. Private school may no longer be feasible, whether because you and/or your spouse lost jobs; or because some Connecticut private schools have closed forever because of the virus; or because your spouse is suddenly balking at the “unreasonable” cost of private school in light of your decision to seek a divorce. And even if your ability to afford private school remains unaffected, many schools, both public and private, have decided to open up on a mostly virtual basis, meaning that you will have to find a way to provide child care at home during the three days a weeks that your child is learning (?) by computer.

Colleges around the country are sharply curtailing their emphasis on in-person instruction. Many parents feel pressure to let their college-bound freshman charges take a gap year, at a time when travel and employment opportunities are far from abundant. This may put additional strain on a family situation that is already untenable due to the hostile environment created by a divorce action.

Since responsibility for child support generally ends once the child reaches the age of majority, many children of divorced parents, even those who have done exceptionally well in high school, face the prospect of having to settle for not-their-first-choice in higher education, or begin working for low wages at a time when all their peers are cheerfully setting off to Yale, Quinnipiac or Vassar.

There is no such thing as divorce with no financial consequences. If you want to maintain a high-end lifestyle, you will have to find ways of cutting corners on expenses or replacing some of your lost income. One silver lining is that Connecticut divorce courts recognize the burden that divorce places on parents with children; but you will need competent legal advice to ensure that your children do not fall through the cracks when you end your marriage.

Hirsch Legal, LLC recognizes that providing for your children is not a simple matter of assigning custody and visitation rights. Our principal attorney, Carmina Hirsch, will help you craft a settlement proposal that recognizes and provides for the new and difficult challenges that the Coronavirus pandemic poses to your child’s education.

Hirsch Legal, LLC represents clients in Upper Fairfield County, Connecticut (Bridgeport, Stratford, Shelton, Trumbull, Monroe, Newtown, Brookfield, Danbury, Fairfield) and New Haven County, Connecticut (Milford, Orange, Woodbridge, Bethany, West Haven, New Haven, Hamden, Oxford, Seymour, Ansonia, Derby, Waterbury, Bethany).

We look forward to speaking with you about your case. Call today!

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