Shared parenting sometimes leads to issues that 'normal' families or single parents don't encounter. - School enrolment forms
The school year has started in NSW and I have to fill in the school enrolment form. The problem is though: How? I have a 50/50 shared arrangement for the kids with my ex and the kids live with me one week and with her the other. In the enrolment form (for public schools NSW) from the Department of Education (DEC-NSW) there are two sections, "Parents/carers with whom the student normally lives" and "Parents/cares" not living with this student normally. So how do I fill this in and being truthful at the same time?
I contacted the DEC and they agreed there is an issue and they will look into it. Apparently it was the first time someone complained about that. I agree, there would be only a small minority that would have the same problem as I have but I thought there might be other people out there facing the same issue. So please, if you are in the same boat then please contact the DEC (1300 679 332) and asked for the policy department and voice your problem. The more people voice their concern the more likely this will lead to change.
Overall this is a minor issue but nothing will ever change if nobody is doing anything about.
As for now we have decided to copy the page "Parents/carers with whom the student normally lives" and fill it in for me and form my ex.