St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota Extension, Children, Youth and Family Consortium
Despite the growing literature on coparenting and
divorce education interventions, little has been
written about the practice of delivering courtmandated
parent education programs for both
divorced and unmarried parents living apart.
Through its sustained investment in supporting
Minnesota families affected by divorce or
separation with its Parents Forever™1 parent
education program and its partnership with
Hennepin County’s Co-parent Court2 project,
University of Minnesota Extension is able to explore
the intersection of research about coparenting with
the practice of court-mandated parent education
programs for both divorcing and separating nevermarried
Thus, this article summarizes the latest research
findings on selected coparenting issues that have
practical importance to both divorcing and nevermarried
parents living apart. This article also
highlights recent research on the practice of parent
education as it affects both divorcing and
separated never-married parents, as well as a
foundational discussion of coparenting issues and
parent-education practice from the experiences and
perspectives of parent-education stakeholders. We,
the authors, also have included illustrative
quotations from stakeholders in the Parents
Forever™ program and in Hennepin County Coparent
Court — quotations cited in recent studies
of the Parents Forever™ program (PF) (Olson, Brady
& Marzcak, 2012) and Co-parent Court (CPC)
(Hardman, Ruhland & Becher, 2014).
McCann, Ellie; Olson, Kjersti; Hall, Eugene; Giles, Maisha; Onell, Stephen; McCullough, Rose; McGuire, Jenifer; Michaels, Cari.
Children in Common: Ensuring the Emotional Well-being of Children When Parenting Apart.
St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota Extension, Children, Youth and Family Consortium.
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