Divorce can and often does take an emotional toll. This is especially true when children are involved. While divorce is about the parents, kids are going to react and will do so in different ways depending on the child's age and personality. During a divorce or custody fight, special attention needs to be paid to the children to minimize the impact that it will have on them. For this reason, and especially when custody is an issue in divorce, judges often times will require parents to attend parenting classes which are designed to help mothers and fathers understand ways to help the kids, offering suggestions on what to do and what not to do during the process and afterwards.
Up until recently, parents in Cook County were only being sent to "Focus on Children" which takes place in a classroom setting. While some people have a preference for this type of environment, it is difficult for others who may have to take time off of work to attend or who are otherwise juggling an already busy schedule. Since November, you may have the option of taking the class online. It is called Children in Between Online (formerly known as Children in the Middle Online).
If you are ordered to attend a parenting class, please don't take offense. It is a very routine part of the divorce process and everyone has something that can be gained by attending, whether in person or via the internet. No one is saying that you are a bad parent, only that you are a parent! Be sure to let your attorney know once you have completed the class.
If you are facing a divorce or child custody battle and have questions about parenting education in Cook, DuPage or Kane County, call O'Connor Cadiz Law to schedule an in-person confidential consultation at either our Schaumburg or Itasca office; or fill out the form on our website at www.cadizlaw.com and someone will give you call to set it up. For more information on divorce in general, my free book "Defending the Ending" is also available through my website.