A bill in Oklahoma has been signed into law that would mandate that parents take a course on the effects of divorce on minor children before getting a divorce themselves, although this requirement may be waived if there are circumstances that are compelling. The new law, effective November 1, would apply to couples with children under 18-years-old who are divorcing due to incompatibility.
According to the bill’s sponsors, its goal is to provide parents with information on how divorce affects children, and about reconciliation between the parents. The course must be taken within 45 days of obtaining a temporary court order and would cost anywhere from $15 to $60.
The effect this new law has on divorce, child custody and child support remains to be seen. But, education aside, it is still important for parents to consider the best interests of the child when making child custody and support decisions. Child custody arrangements need to be thoughtfully made to take into account the needs of the child, to provide the child with the stable and secure home environment they need to thrive following a divorce.
Divorce can be a time of great upheaval for children. They may have many questions and concerns about the reasons behind the divorce and what the future will bring. However, it is possible to help children through the process in a positive and supporting manner.