There are many concerns parents who are going through a divorce may have
regarding their children. Some of these concerns may involve
child custody issues, such as: who the child will live with, how much time each of the
two parties to a divorce will get with the child and who gets to make
decisions regarding things like the child's education and medical
care. Divorcing parents with child custody concerns should consider seeking
out the advice of a family law attorney. Family law attorneys understand
the complex and impactful nature of child custody issues and can help
a divorcing parent navigate the child custody determination process.
Another type of concern a divorced parent may have are concerns regarding
what they should be doing to help make the many transitions a divorce
involves easier for their kids. In recent times, here in Maricopa County
and in three other Arizona counties (Pima, Yuma and Coconino), a program
has been running which is aimed at providing divorced parents with training
to help them further develop helpful parenting skills.
The program is called "New Beginnings" and it is being conducted
by Arizona State University. It is open to divorced parents and never-married
separated parents who meet certain qualifying requirements. Types of skills
the program provides training in relation to include: discipline skills,
communication skills and skills regarding protecting children from interparental
conflict. The program comes in two different lengths: two weeks and 10
weeks. Which length of program a participant is assigned is determined randomly.
In addition to conducting the program, Arizona State University is also
conducting a study aimed at tracking what effects the program has on families
who have participated in it. Thus, participation in the program also involves
participating in interviews before and after going through the program.
According to the university, the results from the study thus far indicate
that the program has had benefits for families.
The program is scheduled to end later this year.
What do you think of this program and ones like it? Do you think the program
should be continued?
Source: The Yuma Sun, "Program offers parenting skills for families of divorce," James Gilbert, Jan. 19, 2014