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Co-parenting program is ready for use after a divorce

Researchers at Florida State University recently released an online instructional program that is designed to foster and facilitate cooperative parenting after a divorce. The program reportedly has multimedia and interactive components, and it is intended to assist millions of parents and children who are coping with the effects of adjusting to family life after a divorce. The program is also geared toward single-parent families with children under 18.

The program is apparently substantially organized and formatted for instant use through online access at the Florida State University website. It has already obtained certification from the Department of Children and Families as a state recognized co-parenting program. According to its creators, it can be expanded and disseminated for use in all states that have mandatory co-parenting.

Healthy and cooperative co-parenting has been shown to promote a healthier and happier child after a divorce. Apparently, children are comforted and received positive messages from seeing their parents discussing issues without emotional turmoil. It promotes a stronger, more integrated personality in a child when the child observes the parents resolving conflicts, exercising good judgment and making rational choices for the good of the children.

Courts have long supported the idea that parents should work together in a dispassionate way to best raise their children during a separation and after divorce. The legal system in general, through official family court expressions, shuns and rejects as harmful the jockeying and game-playing that some parents display. The use of children as chess pieces in a game of strategy between angry parents is anathema to good co-parenting practices. 

The specifics of the Florida State program are unknown. The methods to be used in promoting the successful application of co-parenting activities after a divorce are also currently unknown. However, based on enthusiastic promotions by the creators, the universal co-parenting program is likely to attract large numbers of followers in the months ahead.

Source: fsu.edu, "Toolkit now available to encourage successful co-parenting after divorce", Karen Oehme, Feb. 4, 2016

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