In Texas, when parents get divorced their court may require them to take
a co-parenting course prior to the finalization of their case. This is
due in so small part because conflict between parents is typically higher
divorce and separation than it is in the subsequent years post-divorce. In what ways, then, can
a parenting class help divorcing spouses bridge the gap between being
married and divorced parents.
Why do courts require co-parenting classes?
For starters, the children involved in the
divorce will typically do best when their parents manage to get along and parent
together as a unit rather than as separate entities with their own goals.
More so than the actual divorce itself, it is the aforementioned conflict
between the parents that most adversely affect the children.
The focus of the course is especially important. A simple Google search
can reveal the courses that Harris and other southeast Texas counties
recommend utilizing. These courses all emphasize both child and adult
adjustment to post-divorce life as it will be a transition period for
everyone involved. Co-parenting is typically the biggest piece of the
course subject matter. Improving communication between the parents (and
children) is my opinion the most relevant and important skill that a divorcing
parent can learn from a co-parenting course.
What Must Be Covered in a Court Ordered Parenting Class In Texas?
Pursuant to Texas Family Code Section 105.009, the course must cover following issues:
the emotional effects of
divorce on parents;
the emotional and behavioral reactions to
divorce by young children and adolescents;
- parenting issues relating to the concerns and needs of children at different
- stress indicators in young children and adolescents;
- conflict management;
- family stabilization through development of a co-parenting relationship;
- the financial responsibilities of parenting;
family violence, spousal abuse, and child abuse and neglect; and
- the availability of community services and resources.
Other Benefits of Co-Parenting Courses
Also of value is coursework that allows for parents to see
the divorce from the perspective of their children based on their ages. Teenagers
may be able to comprehend the issues at hand better than younger children
due to advanced levels of maturity, while younger children may need parents
to show through physical attention to the child that their lives may be
changing but neither parent is going anywhere.
Parents stand to benefit in their own ways as well. Co-parenting courses
can help the adults adapt to both separation as well as post-divorce life
by offering coping mechanisms and techniques to help their children. Also,
by participating in these courses parents can use the time to think through
their own feelings and emotions in regard to
the divorce process. Even if both parents are in favor of the divorce that doesn't necessarily
mean that emotional scarring will not occur.
Last, co-parenting courses will typically go over the basics of the divorce
from a legal context. Parenting plans, child and spousal support are common topics.
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