All individuals involved in a contested custody action will be mandated by the Court to participate in a parent education program.
The Education Program for Separated and Divorcing Parents is a four-hour seminar to help parents understand a child’s needs in relation to divorce and separation. The program focuses on children's needs when parents separate and when children are being raised in separate households. The primary goal is to prevent emotional harm to children by providing the most up-to-date education on how separation and divorce affects adults and children, and what parents can do to help children adjust to their parents' separation.
Education programs for divorcing and separated parents symbolize one of the most innovative, promising court reforms to address children's needs progressively and constructively. The program will examine:
- The effects of divorce and separation on adults and children
- A videotape of children’s views on divorce
- Parenting arrangements to fit children’s needs
- The pitfalls of putting children “in the middle”
- Conflicts and problem solving
- Reading and resources for parents and children
Parents mandated to attend this seminar must attend within sixty (60) days of their custody/visitation filing. Individuals failing to attend the class may be held in contempt of Court and a fine may be imposed.
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