Back to School: How Much Does Your Child’s Teacher Really Need to Know?

Back to School: How Much Does Your Child’s Teacher Really Need to Know?

When a couple gets divorced, the children are affected in one way or another depending largely on the level of conflict between the parties. Children often feel the need to say and do things to please their parents, and it is sometimes difficult to determine whether there are negative impacts of the divorce that could be better addressed.

Teachers see and hear things that parents cannot and would not. A child’s teacher can provide information about changes in behavior, attitude, school work, focus, and a whole host of other things that can be invaluable to a parent.

It can be extremely beneficial to a child for his or her teacher(s) to be made aware of an ongoing divorce to ensure that a level of sensitivity can be used with regard to any academic or emotional struggles that the child may be experiencing. That said, parents should be careful not to over-involve teachers or put them in the middle of their conflict.

It is important for parents to recognize the role of a teacher and to ensure that they have the information they need to best teach, nurture, and assist a child without involving them in the conflict surrounding the divorce itself.


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About Alicia Fastman

Alicia Fastman graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, then went on to complete her Juris Doctorate at the Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, DE. Alicia graduated from law school with pro bono distinction, completed a Certificate in Criminal Law, and focused her intensive studies within the fields of litigation and trial advocacy. Alicia joined LaMonaca Law in April of 2011 and is a Partner at the firm. She was selected as a Top Lawyer in Main Line Magazine in 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2019 in the areas of Family Law and Divorce and has been named as a Best Lawyer in the areas of Adoption and Trial in the Delaware County Daily Times. Alicia is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, and is a member of the Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and Delaware County Bar Associations. Alicia resides in Delaware County with her dog, Leonard. In her time outside of the courtroom or office, she enjoys creating art, listening to podcasts, and spending time with friends and family.