Divorce is often a difficult subject to talk about, especially with children. Naturally, the burden of managing the situation falls on the parents, who are usually unaware of what to expect as they begin divorce proceedings.
This is why Arizona courts order divorcing parents to take a parent education class. This course equips them with the knowledge to work together and minimize the adverse effects of divorce and family litigation on their kids.
It tackles complicated topics such as:
- Potential reactions of parents and children to divorce proceedings
- Alternative options to divorce
- How to help children adjust to the new family situation
- Effects of parental disputes
- What to expect during the divorce process
- Tips on communication and co-parenting
- Behavioral effects of divorce on children
- How to navigate children’s relationships with other maternal and paternal family members
- Divorce requirements according to the law
- Complications caused by other factors, such as domestic violence
- Parents’ emotional and financial responsibilities to their kids
This class also discusses how to make it easier for children to cope with family changes caused by divorce. The court found that parents who took this class could cooperate better with each other to benefit their kids.
However, it is not a substitute for family services. Certain cases might call for professional help, including family therapy or counseling.
Is this class a requirement for a divorce?
State laws require the requesting parent to attend the class before the court can grant the divorce. If the other party refuses to attend, it will not affect the process.
However, they must take the class before requesting any modification orders from the court. Otherwise, a judge could order sanctions or hold the party in contempt if they do not take the course.