Some Indiana counties, including Marion, Hamilton, Shelby, Monroe, require divorcing parents to complete the Children Cope with Divorce seminar, commonly known as the COPE class, prior to the court granting a final divorce decree. The COPE class is a four-hour educational program for divorcing parents that emphasizes the needs of the children and is offered at several different locations including Indianapolis, Bloomington, Noblesville, Batesville, Shelbyville, and Nashville, Indiana.
Boone County requires that divorcing parents complete the “Helping Children Through Divorce” workshop with the Boone County Mental Health Association and some Hendricks County courts will require divorcing parenting to complete the “Our Children – Our Divorce” seminar. Information about this seminar may be obtained by calling the Mental Health Association of Hendricks County at (317) 272-0027.
In military divorces, completing the COPE class or other required class may not be practical for a parent who is overseas on deployment in the military. In such a situation, an attorney’s assistance may be necessary.
Also available to parents are on-line classes focusing on the needs of the children, such as:
- www.UpToParents.org for divorced or divorcing parents;
- www.WhileWeHeal.org for parents who are still open to saving their marriage; or
- www.ProudToParent.org for parents who never married.
Indiana courts often recommend that divorcing parents complete the online Up To Parents class, and in some instances, the court may even require such.
At Hollingsworth & Zivitz, P.C., our team has the experience, the understanding, and the compassion to assist with your family law needs. If you have questions or concerns regarding divorce, custody, support, or any other family law concerns contact our firm at 317.569.2200 or hzlegal.com