Custody issues in education
In the majority of cases, both parents have a say in decision making about long-term issues such as where their child goes to preschool or school.
Unless there is a court order that states otherwise, each parent has equal shared parental responsibility for their child/children.
School or preschool obligations
The responsibility of schools and preschools is to provide education and care for all children enrolled. They do not have a role in resolving or taking sides in family disputes.
If there are changes in family circumstances that may impact on your child you should:
- advise the preschool or school immediately and
- provide a copy of all court orders to the preschool or school as soon as possible.
You should also notify the school or preschool in advance if:
- there is a change in arrangements for collecting your child for an appointment, or after school
- you need to change the emergency contacts for your child. (Emergency contacts should be people you would trust your child with overnight.)
Contact your local school Principal or preschool Director
Family law and you - Legal Services Commission of SA
Department for Education