Stephen J. Buhler, Attorney at Law

Utah offers free divorce education classes for kids

When the topic of divorce comes into play for any family in Utah, the decision for two married people to go their separate ways can have an effect on a number of people. Of all those affected, children are often considered the most vulnerable. Although a divorce does not mean the loss of any one parent, it can often lead to a change in roles as well as the possibility of a change in behavior on both the part of the parents and the children.

Considering that a good fraction of all children in the U.S. will have to deal with divorcing parents at one time or another, governments across the country are stepping in to make the transition a bit smoother. In Utah, a class has recently been established to help children cope with divorce. The free courses, sponsored by the Utah State Courts, start on Monday, Jan. 7 at the Scott M. Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake County. The classes run on Mondays and Saturdays until March.

These classes are considered voluntary and are intended for children between the ages of 9 and 12. According to a news report, they will be taught by a mental health professional and will focus on how to better communicate with parents that have filed for divorce or are already divorced.

No matter how amicable a divorce may be, children will typically feel some effect in the relationship with their parents. Because of this, it is important for parents to understand the divorce process as it relates to child custody and child support in order to make the smoothest transition possible.

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune, "Divorce education classes for Utah children begin Jan. 7," Jan. 4, 2013

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