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Does Alaska require parenting classes during a divorce?

On Behalf of | Jan 16, 2024 | DIVORCE - Divorce |

When parents of minor children divorce in Alaska, they have many challenges to face when ensuring that the children are provided with love and stability in such a difficult time. Many states, Alaska included, require parents to educate themselves further about childcare to guide parents on how to help their children thrive after a divorce. These educational methods can be time-consuming, but they are required because the court wants parents to have access to resources that can help them provide their children with what they need. 

Parenting classes 

The state requires both parents to complete some type of education program before a divorce is finalized. The requirements vary throughout the state depending on where one lives. These educational requirements may include watching a parenting video or completing an online or in-person class. Parents who are settling custody disputes may also be required to take a class or watch videos.  

Education requirements for divorcing parents may require a fee, which can be waived in cases of low income. Each parent should file a Certificate of Completion once they have finished the requirements in their location. Once the court receives both certificates, it will continue with the finalization of the divorce and issue the final decree.  

Where to turn for help 

No one must face the divorce process alone. Alaskans who are preparing for a divorce can benefit from working with an experienced family law attorney. Divorces often require one to make many difficult decisions that will not only impact oneself but also one’s children. An attorney can help a client make those decisions in a way that best benefits the children involved.