Depending on the structure of the course, time commitments will vary.
Legal matters include court hearings and procedures, custody, divorce financial considerations, child support, Alternative Dispute Resolution methods, domestic violence, and economic considerations. Parenting matters include parenting time, parental conflict, child-centered decision-making, loyalty conflicts and alienation, competition between parents, emotional needs of children, and blended family challenges. Parental cooperation topics include conflict resolution, improving communication, stress reduction, support network, grief, emotions, and moving forward.
Many parents who have taken the Impact Parent Education course commented that they wish they had taken the course sooner because it was so helpful.
In-person Parent Education provides the advantage of live discussion, but discussion and break requirements add to the time commitment. There are fewer in-person courses to choose from than online parent education programs, and in-person classes are generally more expensive. There are fewer barriers to attending an online parent education course because parents need not travel or hire childcare. They work at their own pace and do not need to alter their daily commitments to participate in a class. Online Parent Education will require a basic knowledge [...]
The topics are equivalent. The differences lie in the presentation and the style they are presented. In-person learning is more time-intensive and will require multiple sessions. For this reason, they are more expensive than most online courses. Availability of in-person classes is limited, and parents may have to travel a distance to attend. Childcare, work requirements, travel time, and expense are all barriers to attending an in-person course.
Parent education does not teach parents to parent. It empowers parents to co-parent effectively and make child-centered decisions before and after the court case ends.
Informed parents make better decisions with less court involvement, which saves courts and parents time and money on legal costs.
Parent education provides information and support to divorcing, separated, and unmarried parents.