Legal Issues & Concerns

"Legal Issues & Concerns"
Gives ideas about legal issues you may want to consider.

"Getting Started"
Gives ideas about important issues you may want to consider before you take the plunge.
Describes how to determine the "method" you'll use in your homeschool. Outlines organization tools.

Homeschooling is legal in all 50 of the United States and many countries abroad.

When reviewing any law, remember that amendments can be made and wording can be altered to affect the homeschooling community. As a home educator, it is essential that you remain vigilant and knowledgeable about the regional laws that affect homeschooling in your area.

Laws By State
You are encouraged to gather accurate information, assess your individual needs and suits your family's situation. This is one link to homeschooling laws in the United States:

Once upon a time members of the homeschool community were opposed to this organization for a number of philisophical reasons, but they always had accurate information about the laws in each state:

If you are roadschooling, you will follow the laws for homeschooling in your state of residence, or the address that's on your driver's license:

Administrative Rules and Laws
Most states in the United States have laws regulating the attendance of school aged children at the public schools. Typically the laws that dictate the rules for homeschooling are found nearby or around these rules in your state codified laws. The other place to check is in the "Administrative Rules" for your state. Typically codified law is written by state agencies. Statements written by state agencies which have the effect of law are called administrative rules. By their very nature, administrative rules have a direct effect on YOUR life and homeschool. A third place to read about how government officials may view your homeschooling activities is at the Department of Children and Family Services Services for your area.

Discuss the laws and regulations with other homeschoolers who live in your state. Your best resource are those already homeschooling, they will be knowledgeable about homeschooling in your community.

Custody and Homeschooling
Sadly, this too is an aspect of homeschooling. If you are the parent promoting homeschooling for your student, arm yourself with information, facts and the laws in your state. Remember that what happens in your case can effect other homeschooling families especially if you agree to requirements from the ex that are over and above what the local laws require. In my opinion, if you were successfully homeschooling before you considered divorce, chances are good that you’ll more than likely be able to continue after the divorce; the courts generally do not like to disrupt the lives of the children. It is a good idea to keep excellent records if you are involved in a divorce, keep a journal, photograph projects and trips. Make these priorities as they may play into a court’s decision in the homeschooling issues.

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