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Program Aims at Providing Training to Divorced Parents

Program Aims at Providing Training to Divorced Parents

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

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