Impact Parent Education Blog

21 06, 2021

Why do courts require parent education?


Why do courts require parent education? Courts require parents to attend a parent education course when in litigation involving children. While you might not appreciate the requirement, it is a resource that is helpful. It is best for parents to follow through on their court order, take one of the court-approved parent education courses, receive their Certificate of Completion, and keep it for future reference if there is a problem with co-parenting in the future. How much is a Parent Education Course? Courses are reasonably [...]

Why do courts require parent education?2023-03-28T12:36:21+01:00
16 01, 2018

10 Co-Parenting Tips to Help Your Child Thrive


10 Co-Parenting Tips to Help Your Child Thrive These 10 tips will help parents think through co-parenting decisions and make agreements that will help your children thrive because they feel secure and confident. 1. Agree on a parenting time schedule. Restore your child’s sense of security by setting up a regular parenting time schedule. This will decrease the anxieties a child feels upon family transitions. Never place parenting time discussions upon the shoulders of a child.  If you have a teen with strong opinions, listen to them.  [...]

10 Co-Parenting Tips to Help Your Child Thrive2018-10-31T17:10:45+00:00
22 12, 2017

The AARC Principle: Building a Bridge of Connection for Children


How can parents overcome past conflict and begin a road to peace for children? The road to peaceful co-parenting begins with two things: respect for the right of one another to have a relationship with their children, and a willingness to work together so children can thrive. Children need a degree of consistency between the two households. They need parents that can put feelings aside so children can live in peace between the two separate households in which they live. The ability of parents to give these [...]

The AARC Principle: Building a Bridge of Connection for Children2018-10-31T17:11:29+00:00
22 12, 2017

Comparing Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE) with Mediation


Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE) and mediation are “Alternative Dispute Resolution” but they have some major differences.  Both processes are designed to resolve the conflict but in different ways. An ENE takes place within the court processes and has some involvement of the judge (the Court) within the process itself, while mediation is a process that does not involve the judge until the parties bring their agreement to the Court for finalization. There are differences in how each process is done. Mediation is a collaborative conflict resolution [...]

Comparing Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE) with Mediation2018-10-31T17:12:13+00:00
22 12, 2017

Mediation and Domestic Abuse


Mediation should never be tried if there is domestic violence resulting in bodily harm, particularly if there are repeated incidents.  Mediation might be considered a safe alternative if there was a one-time incident not resulting in bodily harm to help parents make decisions involving sharing of children and arranging safe no-contact exchanges. If a judge feels mediation might be a safe alternative for parents, a judge might request the parties to enter mediation. Anyone can refuse mediation if they are afraid and there is a history [...]

Mediation and Domestic Abuse2018-10-31T17:12:51+00:00
20 12, 2017

Research on Divorce


No one gets married thinking they will get a divorce. And yet, today’s statistics indicate that approximately 40 percent of marriages end in divorce. There is evidence divorce rates have declined since the 1990’s, when there was a 50-60 percent divorce rate. However, current statistics may not accurately reflect the rate at which parents split up because family structures have changed dramatically over the years. Many couples today are not married.  Some couples have long-term commitments and are raising children together; some couples do not share [...]

Research on Divorce2018-10-31T17:13:42+00:00
3 12, 2017

12 Effective Shared Parenting Strategies to Help You and Your Child Thrive


Here are 12 simple strategies to help you develop an effective shared parenting strategy that will greatly benefit everyone - and especially your children. 1. Agree on a parenting time schedule, times for phone calls and other types of communication between parent and child. Make parenting time with your children a priority. Be sure you follow through and be there when you say you will be there and be on time. Your children will get a message that you don’t care and it is unfair for the [...]

12 Effective Shared Parenting Strategies to Help You and Your Child Thrive2018-10-31T17:14:22+00:00
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