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Special Issues for Parents
There are special issues for parents who are separating and their children. Because of some of these concerns, the State of Oregon requires parents to file a general or a detailed Parenting Plan when they are filing for divorce or for a custody order, and to attend a Parent Education class. Mediation is especially suited to address the issues and concerns around children and future parenting that arise when parents separate or divorce or have not lived together at all.
If you are interested in books, and other resources for parents and children, go to the Resource List. Dr. Herman Frankel has written a sample Parent Pledge that you might find helpful in setting rules for yourselves during this difficult time. You can view more of his materials at Divorcework.com.
A parenting plan addresses the schedule for a child and how the parents will make decisions about the child in the future. Mediation can help you to form a detailed parenting plan that is customized to the needs of the child and the parents.
The Oregon Judicial Department has created three excellent publications that can help you to create your parenting plan, the Basic Parenting Plan Guide, Basic Parenting Plan Packet, and Safety Focused Parenting Plan. All can be found at the Parenting Plan Page of the Oregon Judicial Department website.
The Arizona Supreme Court has also created a helpful publication about parenting plans called Planning for Parenting Time.
For a paper detailing the most current research on child custody and parenting time, see this report of the Oregon Judicial Department's Family Law Advisory Committee.
PARENT EDUCATIONFor information on the Parent Education classes in Multnomah, Washington or Clackamas counties, see below. For information on classes in other counties in Oregon, go to the Oregon Judicial Department website
Parent and Child Divorce Education Programs by County
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