I was back in court in Ft. Worth on Wednesday as an expert witness on home schooling for the same mom who was challenged for custody of her daughter, by her ex-husband, last month on the basis of the fact that she home schooled their daughter. The judge rejected that request, and the ex-husband filed another request this month asking the court to grant him authority to make educational decisions for his daughter.
When we arrived at court, the mother had made copies of the curriculum her daughter has been working on, along with evidence of that work. The attorney for the ex-husband wanted the judge to issue a ruling based on the previous hearing that would either give her client control of educational decisions or require the mother to have the child tested on a regular basis to prove there was academic progress. The judge pointed out that the father has his daughter on a regular basis and there is nothing that would prohibit him from having the child assessed. The hearing that day focused on the new request from the father for extended visitation.
The attorney for the mother pointed out that the ex-husband was doing these things to harass the mother and what the mom should do is take away his opportunity to do so. In other words, the mother should give regular updates to the father on the education of their child, curriculum being used, copies of her work being done, and copies of tests or assessment results to show the child’s academic progress so that the ex-husband has no grounds to challenge her educational decisions of her daughter. I could not agree more and have stated as much in an article on home schooling and child custody.
It is a terrible thing to have to live in such a circumstance, but it is wise to prepare and do the things necessary to protect your child and defend your right to homeschool. The judge will issue his decision on both issues in the near future. Please continue to pray for this mom.