Realizing that you are to be a divorced parent can sometimes feel overwhelming. Many parents wonder how well they and their spouse will parent their child from separate households. 17 U.S. states currently require that divorcing parents take a parenting class during the divorce process. One Rhode Island man is pushing for such a law to take hold in our state. This is not a new idea. Years ago, divorcing parties were required to view a video at the court house before they could put through their divorce.
The current proposition is still in the early stages, but essentially, it would require parents going through a divorce to take a parenting class. These parenting classes may be required by the state, but paid for out-of-pocket by the parents. The classes aim at educating parents about parental alienation and other negative behaviors that divorcing spouses sometimes exhibit that can negatively affect their child. It would also talk about child support and other matters that often court-ordered in support of the best interests of the children.