Noble County OSU Extension Service

Co-Parenting for Resilience

Oklahoma Court Approved Class for Divorcing Parents. This is the place to find information on classes for divorcing parents.

What is this class all about?

  • How parents handle the divorce can make it better or worse for their children.
  • Many children have a very difficult time adjusting to their parents' divorce.
  • This can lead to depression, anxiety, academic failure, delinquency, drug use, teen pregnancy, and other negative outcomes. Children may also fear the loss of one or both of their parents and have a hard time switching between their parents' homes.
  • Co-parenting classes teach parents to handle their emotions better and to keep their children out of the middle of their divorce. They also offer many positive tips on how to talk with your child to help him or her to adjust more quickly to the divorce.
  • Researchers who have studied the effects of these classes have found them to be beneficial for most parents. 
  • After taking the class, most parents agree that the class was worthwhile and helpful. 

Do I have to take the class?

  • The short answer is yes.
  • Because research has shown that divorce can cause so many problems for children, many judges in Oklahoma have been ordering couples to a co-parenting workshop for years.
  • Now that research has shown the positive benefits of these classes, the Oklahoma State Legislature passed a law requiring all parents of a minor child that are divorcing for reasons of incompatibility to attend a co-parenting workshop before their divorce will be granted.
  • If you are in an domestic violence shelter or involved in a relationship in which there is ongoing domestic violence, your judge may exempt you from the class. You should talk with your lawyer.
  • You can request to not take the class with the person you are divorcing regardless of whether you have a restraining order. Please indicate the name of the person on your registration form.
 

For any further information click on the link below.

http://humansciences.okstate.edu/fcs/coparenting/index.html

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