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In general, homeschooling only becomes an issue in a divorce case when the parents cannot agree with each other about the children’s education, and it’s typically only one of many issues over which parents disagree. It is outside HSLDA’s mission to say which parent should be able to determine how the children are educated when the parents disagree. In these cases, the judge must decide what is best for the children based on the evidence before him or her.

When a divorce occurs after the parents have joined HSLDA as a married couple, because both parents are or have been HSLDA members, we cannot ethically represent an interest contrary to either spouse, even though one may be trying to keep the other from homeschooling.

We provide a free information packet containing research on domestic and custody cases involving homeschooling, and where there is no conflict of interest, we will consult with our member’s personal attorney on homeschooling issues. Contact us to request the packet or ask about attorney consultation for your situation.


A Homeschool Researcher Responds to Harvard Professor’s Criticism

The purpose of this paper is to place in context and evaluate the efforts of many of those who negatively criticize homeschooling, homeschool researchers, or particular research studies on parent-led home-based education.

Part-time Temporary Research Assistants

HSLDA is looking for part-time temporary research assistants to join our team.

Head Start to where?

Research casts doubt on federal early childhood programs

Child Psychologist to Lead Homeschool Research

In August, Steven Duvall, PhD, joined Home School Legal Defense Association’s team as our new director of research.

Brian D. Ray, PhD

Dr. Brian Ray is a leading international expert in research on homeschooling and president of the National Home Education Research Institute.

Rachelle Reitz

Rachelle is wife to Michael and homeschooling mom to Ben, Kyrie, & Evie. She works part-time as a travel coordinator for non-profit organizations, and enjoys reading, writing, and ancestry research.

Invite Dr. Steve Duvall to Speak at Your Event!

Steve is a licensed/certified school psychologist in three states. He served as a public school psychologist and taught at the university level for a combined 40 years before joining HSLDA as the director of research.

Beyond the Research: An International Homeschooling Q&A

We asked Mike Donnelly to comment on Harvard’s June 10 webinar on international homeschooling in light of his experience as global outreach director for Home School Legal Defense Association.

New Research Shows Homeschool Growth across All Race, Income Categories

The latest data from the US Census Bureau shows Black, Hispanic, and Asian families are now homeschooling at about the same rate as White families. Homeschooling has also grown across all income levels.

Alaska Study Criticizes Homeschooling But Doesn’t Study Homeschoolers

Can homeschool policies be based on public school correspondence test results? HSLDA Dir. of Research Steven Duvall discusses this as he reviews a recent study of Alaska student test scores by Chelsea McCracken and Rachel Coleman. Read our summary.