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Parent Education for Parents Divorcing in Arizona

Arizona Divorce Law

Divorcing parents, or unmarried parents in a custody dispute in the state of Arizona must attend Parent Education Program Class.

Parents that are newly divorcing in the state of Arizona and who have custody access disputes of minor children have been ordered by the court since 1997 to undergo an educational course designed to help them better meet the needs of the child or children.

The minimum standards of this program include suggestions that the program last four to six hours, offered with flexibility, and taken early in the domestic litigation.  During the course of this parent education program, divorcing parents will learn about the reactions that their children may have to the divorce and how their behavior can help or harm the situation.  Helpful parenting behaviors include open communication and co-parenting, while harmful behaviors include domestic violence.  While parents are responsible for emotional and financial aspects of caring for the child, this program points out warning signs of serious problems that they may see in their children.

Parent education can be extremely flexible in that the course may be offered through video, website, or a correspondence course.  These areas where the program will be held are required to be comfortable and safe. Certain provisions restricting the court from granting custody to a child include if the individual is a registered sex offender or if the individual has been convicted of first degree murder of the other parent of the child in the order.

About The Sampair Group

The Sampair Group provides legal counsel in family law including divorce, child custody, child support, paternity, and more.  They serve the Phoenix metropolitan area from their office conveniently located in the Glendale and Peoria area.  Patrick Sampair provides a compassionate legal service to guide his clients through the difficult family issues of divorce and child custody.