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Divorce Parenting Classes

Updated on December 29, 2010

If you and your spouse are going through a divorce and you have children, you may be required to take a four hour parenting class (sometimes also called a Divorce Class or Family Stabilization Course) in order to receive a final ruling on your divorce. Many states require this class, which will teach you about the impact that divorces have on families and teach you and your former spouse how to help your children through the difficult transition. 

Parenting Classes Online vs. Traditional Format

Parenting classes are offered both online and in a traditional classroom format. You should choose the format that works best for you. There are many online parenting classes to choose from. The advantage of online parenting classes is that you can study the course materials on your computer at times and in locations that fit with your schedule. An online parenting class eliminates the need to attend physical classes at a set time that may be inconvenient, or listen to long lectures. Also, online parenting classes are offered in sessions that you may complete at your own pace, with multiple choice quizzes to verify what you are learning. This is a more individualized form of instruction that will help you in a difficult time. During business hours, most programs offer assistance via phone for any technical or registration problems you may encounter while taking the class.

Alternatively, there are several organizations that offer parenting classes in a traditional classroom. While the number of parenting classes offered in your local area will vary, there are several benefits of taking a parenting class in a traditional classroom. You can learn more easily from other parents who are going through similar situations in a face to face format, as they are in the classroom with you. Whether you choose an online or traditional class, be sure that the class you choose is approved by your state’s administration for children and families.

How a parenting class will benefit you

Aside from fulfilling your state’s requirement, parenting classes can really benefit you and your child’s other parent. Your parenting class will teach you how to ease your child’s transition during your divorce and how to work with your ex-spouse to raise your child in a supportive environment. Parenting classes cover topics such as the stages of child development, loss and grief, child custody and residence issues, long-distance parenting, communication issues, and the effects of domestic violence on children and families. 

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