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Parenting Classes, Counseling, and Divorce

Posted on January 5, 2015

Clients often ask us for guidance in dealing with the day to day issues of a divorce. What most people don’t realize is that for some, being a party to a divorce is like having a second job. The pressure, stress, and time constraints placed on you on a day to day basis can be overwhelming. Keeping our clients mentally fit and equipped to handle the stress of a divorce is what every good divorce attorney will tell you.

Counseling in today’s day and age is not just for the weak and feeble, and does not indicate to others that there is something wrong with you. For many, counseling is a much cheaper option than speaking with your attorney on a daily basis about your ongoing divorce. You take the hourly rate of a counselor and compare it to that of your attorney, and you can begin to see why counseling in your time of divorce might make better financial sense for your pocketbook. While attorneys can counsel you about the law, their experience in family matters, and the specifics of your case, a counselor might be able to provide you with additional tools in handling the day to day stressors that come with the territory of a divorce.

In addition to counseling, you might want to consider taking a parenting class early on in your case. In most counties in Florida, the parties are required to take a parenting class before their divorce is finalized. While it might seem ridiculous to have parents take a parenting class after they have been a parent for 5 plus years, some clients report that they wish they had taken the class years ago. The concepts taught in the parenting class often highlight what the overall goal should be in a divorce involving children—think about what is in the best interests of the kids.

Before you start seeing the trees before the forest, talk to your Orlando divorce attorney today for further information about counseling and parenting classes in your area.


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