Alabama Considering Bill to Make Divorcing Parents Complete Educational Program

Alabama Considering Bill to Make Divorcing Parents Complete Educational Program

The Alabama House of Representatives is considering a bill that would make it mandatory for divorcing couples with at least one minor child to complete a four-hour “marriage dissolution education program” prior to filing for divorce. Both parents would be required to attend the class, regardless of which parent is seeking the divorce.

The goal of the class would be “increasing the parents’ sensitivity to children’s needs,” and “giving parents skills to improve their own and their children’s adjustment to the breakup of the family.” The class would also cover reconciliation, possible benefits of avoiding divorce, and alternative options such as couples counseling. The cost would be $100 or less per person. Those who qualify as low-income would not be required to pay the fee.

Some feel that marriage dissolution classes may be a helpful thing for certain couples, but that a bill requiring the class is just another way for the government to intrude on Americans’ private lives. Others claim that some marriages that end up in divorce could have been saved if the couple received some counsel prior to divorce. They believe that the class would cause some couples to have second thoughts about divorce, and try to save their marriage instead.

If you have decided to file for divorce, this life changing decision may be one of the most challenging times in your life. If there are children involved, the stress can be even greater. It is important to seek the council of an experienced divorce attorney who can help you come to a fair agreement with your soon-to-be-ex. Whether you are considering divorce or are already involved in the process, the right family law attorney can make all the difference.

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