A Parental Lesson to Learn

The majority of parents feel that it is important that their children know the language and culture of both parents. Among other things, this is expressed in the type of education they choose for their children. Many of these parents opt for an international school, bilingual education or extra language classes alongside the mainstream education. Or they opt to send their children to an international school so that they always follow the same curriculum, independent of the country in which they live.

In the case of a divorce, the parents, or one of them, are often no longer able to carry, or willing to justify, the financial consequences of a choice of school made earlier.  The children’s school becomes part of the battle between ex-partners.

It is therefore advisable to make well-considered choices during a marriage or relationship and to have these agreements and intentions recorded or arranged, so that they also remain guaranteed after a divorce. Only when the parents cooperate, can the incomes of both of them be optimized in order to ensure that all (school) costs of the children are covered. If the parents are wealthy, it makes good sense to set up an education fund, for example, monitored by an expert, so that future surprises as described in this article may be avoided. Both the children and the parents will benefit from it.

By Wendy van der Stroom and Fleur Oirbans


2015 Spring

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