Stephen J. Buhler, Attorney at Law

Utah offers classes for kids to help them understand divorce

It is important to help children through the divorce process. Just like children, parents can benefit from understanding the divorce process and knowing what to expect from it. Demystifying the process and understanding it in advance can help avoid angry or confused feelings that can be a part of the process at times. In Utah, state courts are offering a class to help children ages 9 to 12 understand and cope with divorce.

Two divorcing Utah parents recently noticed changes to their 10-year old son following the announcement of their divorce. They were pleased to sign him up for the course in Utah once a judge recommended it to them. The mother reported that her son was calmer after the class and seemed to understand the divorce process better. The class is designed to help children understand the legal aspects of the divorce process and learn how to discuss their feelings about their parent's divorce.

The divorce process encourages couples to reach as many joint decisions as possible concerning important divorce-related issues such as property division, child support and child custody. The focus of all child custody decisions is what is in the best interests of the children. When parents are able to work together during the divorce process, though it may be challenging, it can lead to more amicable results which can be good for children and the entire family.

The end of a marriage can be challenging for the entire family. Knowing how family law resources can help divorcing couples and families through the process can be positive for all family members impacted by the divorce.

Source: Deseret News, "How Utah divorce classes are helping children," McKenzie Romero, Aug. 14, 2017

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