With back-to-school on the horizon for many parents, it is time to start thinking about how to navigate the school year if you are a newly divorced single parent.

Litigation Partner Dorothy Walsh Ripka recently joined KDVR 31-Denver to offer tips to help parents successfully navigate the return to school. Ms. Ripka emphasized the importance of placing your child’s needs above everything else as they make this transition after months of summer break.

“The really important piece of it is communication,” she said. “So many parents think, ‘We have a parenting plan. We’ll put it in action, and we’ll just follow it strictly,’ and that’s really not what’s always best for your kids. Look at that plan, make sure it makes sense for the school year. … Think about what’s best for your kids. Then communicate.”

Check out our series of articles about the back-to-school season for divorced parents currently on Dads Divorce and Men’s Divorce.

Watch Ms. Ripka’s entire interview below.

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