Parent Education in Divorce or Separation: Why do courts require parent education?
This article helps parents understand why they received a parent education order and how it will benefit them to follow the court order.
Courts require parents to attend a parent education course in litigation that involves children. Still, courts rarely explain what it is or why it is essential. As a result, parents get angry and frustrated at yet another “hoop to jump through in the legal world.” It is necessary to follow through, take one of the court-approved parent education courses, and receive your Certificate of Completion and keep it for future reference. However, this comment might surprise you.
Do not take a parent education course because of the court requirement. Instead, please do it for yourself and your children. Even though some topics might be less relevant to you, the course will help you in multiple ways through information, suggestions, and encouragement.
Lois Warner – Impact Parent Education
How are parent education courses approved?
- First, the judicial system decides the necessary criteria for parent education.
- Next, the judicial system inspects each course to ensure it meets all requirements.
- Finally, the courts issue the parent education order that includes a list of approved course providers.
What does the course teach?
There are over 25 required topics, but every program adds other helpful suggestions and resources. Said as simply as possible, parent education provides education on (1) legal issues; (2) co-parenting; (3) parenting time (4) communication (5) resolving child-related conflicts; (5) lessening effects on children and providing them with emotional support; (6) transitioning from a love relationship into the business of successful co-parenting and other topics.
How much are the courses?
Courses are reasonably priced, but they do vary in cost. They are usually within the $50-$80 range. A few state programs are court-funded, allowing for fee waivers, but most providers charge for the course to cover their expenses. All programs provide a reduced fee for low-income parents. Impact Parent Education, for example, is a 50% reduction with proof of an informa pauperis order signed by the judge. It’s effortless. Other providers have a more complicated process.