Divorce With Dignity
One of the nicest part of being involved in a nonprofit is having members who provide suggestions and direction. Mark Unger approached our organization a few months ago with the idea creating an online parenting course to help educate parents on the effect of divorce. An online parenting class. Why, I thought? What would be the benefit of something like that? The internet seemed full of different options with different classes. At the point I nodded, not knowing when we would ever have the time to create something like that.
During our Different Path Seminar David Bowles asked “How are you going to get your mission across to family lawyers?” That question bothered me and I started thinking…. “How were we going to get our message past the attorneys to the divorcing parents?” More importantly how would parents new to the divorce process know the differences between collaborative and civil litigation?
Attorneys have a skill set just like doctors. With doctors, most people know that you go to a general practitioner if you need help with a wellness issue and that you go to a surgeon if you need to be operated on. The general public understands that lawyers are between family law, criminal law, personal injury etc. The general public is not well educated on the different approaches the law affords to help them resolve their disputes. The issue then becomes how best to inform the consumer.
An online parenting course appeared to be an excellent opportunity to help divorcing parents understand their options. We gave our classes the title Divorce with Dignity. In our classes we make sure to EDUCATE the parents on two basic concepts: 1. that they have a choice of exactly how they wish to resolve their dispute, 2. that their conflict hurts their children both in the short and long term.
Through my brother Luke’s help we began to learn the best ways to present our material on-line. The classes, which will be available on Udemy.com, will offer the student an education through presentations that mix PDF, Power Point, Video and You Tube presentations. We have received and sought the help of various experts across the country, all who have the common goal to effectuate needed change. This project truly took three years in the making and it was a great to use the material we’ve been working on to help the newly divorcing parent.
A trip to the courthouse may be inevitable, but it is our belief that it should rarely be the first step that parents should make before they resolve their differences. It is our belief that the Divorce with Dignity Course will help parents everywhere understand the divorce process and become better and well educated clients for the collaborative or family law attorney.
The Divorce with Dignity online class will be available in 2016 on udemy.com. For more details visit Kids First Parents Second on our Facebook page. Parents, you have a choice!