Many parents tread lightly when it comes to the topic of divorce for fear of how it will affect the children. That action alone shows that parents have some understanding of what it means to put the needs of your children first during and after a divorce. But even parents with the best intentions might not have every tool they need in their parenting toolbox in order to be the best parent they can be during the divorce and after it is finalized.
Recently Florida State University researchers launched an online toolkit that will hopefully help parents co-parent better after divorce. The toolkit, called the Successful Co-Parenting After Divorce Toolkit, has been certified by the Department of Children and Families as a state co-parenting program. It’s possible that the program could expand into other states as well.
Researchers performed a pilot study where they had 180 parents take the training. Some 88 percent of the parents who participated said they learned some new co-parenting skills. And 91 percent of those parents said that they felt the training may be effective in helping sustain healthy co-parenting relationships.
With more than one million children experiencing their parent’s divorce each year, it’s understandable why a program like this can be extremely beneficial to the whole family. Some parents may feel like they know exactly what to do, but there is always room for growth in terms of a person’s ability to navigate a divorce when children are involved. The court system will always work to put your children’s best interests first and they hope you will do the same.