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Man wants state to require parenting class in contested divorce

An estimated half of all marriages end in divorce. Given that figure, it may be impossible to state how many children are affected. Many states are now requiring parents in a contested divorce to take some form of parenting class. There are likely many California parents who were ordered by the courts to enroll in one of these classes.

One man has recently urged a lawmaker to draft and support a measure that would form a committee to determine what resources may best assist parents who are in the midst of a divorce. He cited 17 other states that order parents to attend classes that are designed to ease the stress on children. This man, who is a writer by profession, stated that his own experience demonstrated to him the need for a mandated program.

While there are certain experiences that children must endure, the tension from a contested divorce can be dissipated to some extent. The divorced father stated that the types of classes, and whether there should be levels of education based on parental conflict, would be questions up to the committee to resolve. Some of the problems that children can struggle with after a divorce may include eating disorders, depression and poor school performance.

This Rhode Island father believes that the state has a right to intervene in this matter in order to protect children from needing more costly help later. While California does not have a blanket requirement for all parents in a contested divorce to enroll in such classes, it is up to the judge's discretion to do so. Couples who are unable to come to terms during their own divorce process may each consult an attorney in order to find the most equitable solutions in their particular circumstances.

Source:, "Providence man pushes for mandatory parenting class in divorce cases", Linda Borg, Feb. 10, 2017

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