Family Court Review
Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
Divorce education programs are mandatory in most states. Despite the ongoing debate in the field regarding the appropriate duration of these programs, the goal of the current study was to identify the following five content areas in divorce education that may be most relevant for predicting favorable outcomes: (1) impact of divorce on children, (2) impact of divorce on family relationships, (3) financial responsibilities of divorcing parents for children, (4) benefits of positive coparenting, and (5) impact of domestic violence on children and family relationships. Using divorcing parents' self‐reported data (N = 3,275) from a one‐hour online divorce education program in Utah, we examined participants' post‐divorce intentions to treat each other respectfully, especially in front of the child(ren), and engage in positive coparental practices. The results showed that the program was effective in obtaining these objectives. We discuss these findings in depth and offer suggestions for future programs.
Kopystynska, O., Turner, J.J., Schramm, D.G. and Higginbotham, B. (2020), Evaluation of Topics in Utah's ONE‐HOUR Divorce Education Program. Family Court Review, 58: 804-815. doi:10.1111/fcre.12469