If you are filing for divorce and children are involved, or if you are addressing child custody with the Jefferson County Court, often a requirement of the court is to attend a co-parenting class. Whether required or not, it can be a very helpful class to prepare both parents for possible issues and obstacles that may come up while trying to co-parent. For many, co-parenting is a new experience and so you may not know exactly what to expect moving forward. This type of course can prepare you for those situations and give you a better idea of what’s to come. You and your co-parent are not required to take this class together, but can attend separate sessions.
Co-Parenting Course in Arvada: What to Expect
The co-parenting courses offered in Wheat Ridge and Arvada cover a multitude of topics from the time the legal system gets involved through skills to handle issues after the court case is closed. Here is a list of some of the topics that may be covered in a co-parenting course:
- The legal process
- Legal issues that may arise
- Methods for resolution outside of the court (i.e. mediation)
- Child support
- Parenting time and how the court makes these determinations
- Allocation of parental responsibilities and how the court makes these determinations
- Impact of divorce on kids
- Child development and how to best schedule based on needs
- Conflict resolution
- Effective communication
- Keeping your kids out of any conflict and not getting them involved in parenting issues
- Additional resources
Even if you are not required to attend a co-parenting class and you choose not to attend one of your own accord, it’s important to use some resource to learn some of the skills listed above. Your experienced Wheat Ridge family law attorney, a support group, or therapist can provide some similar insights to help you better prepare for co-parenting. If you are required to take a co-parenting course, make sure you take it through a court approved provider and file your certificate of completion to meet the court’s requirement.
If you are getting divorced or dealing with a determination of parental rights, contact the best family law attorneys from the Pearman Law Firm at 720-259-9528 or for a free initial phone consultation.
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