Homeschooling has become a major trend during the last few decades. Parents who feel that the schools in their areas are providing inadequate education may opt to teach their children at home. This can have family law implications, however, if the state thinks the parents are not conducting the homeschooling lawfully. Parents in the Denver area may learn from what one homeschooling parent went through.
A Colorado mom who was homeschooling her children because of their learning disabilities was visited by a social services worker. The visit was prompted by a neighbor's anonymous tip. Apparently, the neighbor thought the mother was not fit to teach the children and that they would be better helped by going to public school.
Later, a social worker had driven by the home and, without any evidence, deemed that the family was trying to leave the state. Ultimately, the state tried to get the children taken from the mother, alleging educational neglect.
After getting an attorney, the mother was able to show that she was conducting homeschooling in a lawful manner with an independent school. Also, an expert witness gave evidence that the mother was providing good education to her children under Colorado state law. After the social worker had conducted many home visits and saw that there was no evidence of educational neglect, he encouraged the prosecutor to drop the suit and settle the case.
When faced with the prospect of your children being taken from the home, regardless of the reasons for their removal, it is necessary that you get all the information you can with regard to child custody and other family law issues.
Source: One News Now, "Homeschooling mom wards off state's attempts to seize children," Michael F. Haverluck, Jan. 21, 2013
Tags: Colorado, child abuse and neglect, child custody
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