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Why do Kentucky's family law courts offer divorce education?

The general principle of divorce may be straightforward, but according to the Kentucky Court of Justice’s website, there may be a need for divorce education.

Specifically, the state’s family law courts hope that programs offered to parents going through a divorce may reduce the amount of court involvement required to complete the divorce process. The programs place a special emphasis on helping parents understand the impact of a divorce on their children.

Notably, the programming is broader in scope than just the short-term emotional impact. The programs in Kentucky want to help parents recognize and respond to issues that children may develop in the aftermath of a divorce, such as anxiety, depression, behavioral or developmental problems. Parents develop skills to help their children, and courts may benefit from reduced litigation.

Indeed, reaching agreements on the various aspects of a divorce, such as child custody, visitation, spousal or child support, and property division may save a divorcing couple time and money. From the courts’ perspective, parents that can avoid litigation over child custody and visitation arrangements may also spare their children emotional upset or even more serious responses.

Our law firm strongly advocates for our clients, working to protect their rights. At the same time, we recognize that a courtroom battle may not be the most ideal starting point. In fact, we are always open to exploring the possibility of a collaborative resolution to divorce issues. We are not afraid to go to court, but there are a number of negotiating tactics that can result in a fair-minded divorce settlement agreement.

Source: “Divorce Education,” copyright 2016, Commonwealth of Kentucky

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