Parenting through a divorce is difficult. In many states, Arizona included, parents involved in a legal separation or a divorce must attend a parenting class approved by the court.
This class benefits the children by giving parents strategies for parenting and addressing the stresses and conflicts often associated with a divorce. If the court believes children are experiencing situations of negative conflict, the court may require parents to complete the course again.
Importance of the class
Many people are hesitant to take the class, often questioning why it is necessary. Many assume that the class will cover how you should raise your kids. Rather than providing guidance on making decisions for your home, the class provides important information concerning how children are negatively impacted by the conflict between the parents and the divorce process. It gives parents access to resources and tools that can protect the emotional, social and physical well-being of children during a separation or divorce.
Topics covered during class
In some counties, you will enroll in the Parent Information Program but the class goes by different names across the state. You receive guidance on the details of enrolling in a class through your interaction with legal counsel and the court system. Class members explore the following topics during the program:
- Helping children adjust to the divorce or legal separation
- Factors that contribute to a child’s healthy adjustment
- Importance of parenting plans
- Harmful effects of parental conflict on children
- Dealing with common parental problems following a divorce
Though required, attending a parenting class protects your children during a divorce. It is an important tool for helping maintain a healthy adjustment during a difficult time.