Divorce is never easy. It can easily cause stress and emotional issues even before proceedings begin. However, children of divorcing couples could experience the harshest blow of separation and divorce, specifically when disputes exist between parties.
Florida state law requires parents to finish a parenting course and learn about the economic, emotional and educational impact of divorce and family litigation on their kids. They do it to help both parties understand what is best for their children during this challenging time. A certified parent education and family stabilization course usually includes the following topics:
- Legalities regarding child custody disputes
- Divorce’s effects on the emotional welfare of both parents and children
- Family dynamics and relationships
- Parents’ financial obligations to their children
- Complex topics such as child neglect or abuse
- Necessities of their children
- Matters regarding parenting, school, home and work life
The course aims to educate parents. It cannot substitute for mental health or legal services needed for the divorce. Additionally, the court has a list of qualified course providers who could offer programs designed specifically for parents of children with special needs.
The divorcing couple must complete the course within 45 days after filing a petition for the divorce.
What happens if I fail to complete the course?
Noncompliance could result in severe consequences. If you fail to finish the course before the deadline, the court can hold you in contempt. You might also lose your say in vital child custody and support matters.
However, depending on the circumstances, the court could also withhold the course completion requirement. Still, the general rule is you need to complete this parenting course at a certified provider after filing the divorce petition.