Any time parents with minor children have decided to move forward with a divorce or custody case in Washington County, Multnomah County, Clackamas County or Yamhill County, they are required to take a parenting class right away.
Many parents are very reluctant to take a parenting class, but they shouldn’t be! The classes hosted by each county are extremely informative. They are designed to help parents learn how to co-parent.
The reality of any situation involving a divorce or custody dispute, is that it is very likely the parents are not working well together, and have never learned how to parent in a divided family. The required classes will teach some of those skills, and also help parents cope with the change that a rigid parenting plan can bring.
Understanding and reviewing the course dynamics for your particular county will help you get a jumpstart on this process.