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Parental Obligation - No longer in school

by Chad
(Virginia)

Hi,

I have a 17 year old daughter that is no longer attending an accredited school and currently (so I'm told) gets home schooled. How does this work with the support stipulation that the child needs to attend an accredited school? I believe that she has dropped out. Any help/advise would be appreciated.

Thanks,

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You have a valid question, Chad. You are probably correct in your guess that your daughter has "dropped out" of school, hoping to skate through on the home-schooling line until she's 18 and can openly quit.

Home-schooling has become a great "catch all" excuse for anyone who doesn't want to attend. It's too bad and gives home-schooling in general a tarnished name, when in reality there are some parents who do a wonderful job of home-schooling.

Having said that, you state that you have a stipulation stating that your daughter must attend an "accredited school". The custodial parent has an obligation to provide you with proof of such - period. If they cannot or will not, they are in violation of their parental obligations and accountable for such.

Some kids don't have enough sense to stay in school and that's why parents are in charge. One parent is ignoring their duty to get this girl a high school education (the absolute minimum anyone can expect to function adequately in this society with).

Do your part to keep her in an accredited school. At least you will have done all you can when she comes whining to you later about no one wanting to hire a drop-out.

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Thanks for the reply
by: Anonymous

Thanks so much,
Sorry for any confusion but I was under the impression that it stipulates in the support order (automatically through the state) that the child is to attend an accredited school. The state to which the support order is through is Michigan. I have contacted the Friend of the Court to ask for information pertaining to this situation and was informed that no matter what the order is in effect until she turns 18. I have researched many sites and found different answers for this question. It does not specifically state in the order the school is to be accredited. Its not that I don't pay for my daughter (or any of my children for that matter) I just feel cheated and concerned about her future. She says she plans on going to college, which I just don't understand. If she can't and won't stay in high school how is she going to perform in college?

Thanks
-Chad

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Bottom line is that most schools that are "real schools" ARE accredited.

There is a lot of certification and documentation necessary to be able to provide home schooling. You don't just say "Oh, I'm home schooling now."

AND, 99.9% of people that home school do it WAAAY before the kids are in high school, not the last year or so. What would be the point? It's a cop-out.

You state you're concerned about her future and you should be! You're about to become (or probably are) the proud father of a high school dropout!

Why does she say she's going to college? Because talk is cheap. She'd like to do it, but without the work and preparation that's involved. Imagine that!

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