Dear Justprettynpink:

Greetings. Courts generally view either party’s attempts to “better themselves” in a positive light, as long as it is for that express purpose. I disagree with your spouse’s position. Best of luck and CONGRATULATIONS on graduating with honors. Keep up the good work and let me know if I can help!

Janet L. Fritts
Attorney at Law
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607

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How do the courts usually view a parent seeking a college degree and attending classes while it is their time to be with the children?

I had been attending college prior to our divorce. Most of the classes were while the children were in school, but as I got closer to graduation, the classes were only offered in the afternoon. I had their grandparents watch them while I went to class. I also volunteered in their school during the week. I wanted to finish so that I could more available to spend time with them. I chose an occuaption that would allow me to only have to work 20 days that they are not in school.(Yes, I chose the high paying job of being a teacher.)

My ex is now trying saying that I was a part time parent because I left the children with their grandparents.

In general, how might the court look at what I did?

Thank you for your time,

PS I graduated with honors…