Johnson County, Kansas now has what is called a problem-solving court, sometimes referred to as "therapeutic jurisprudence." The idea behind the courts is to hook up people with classes, counseling or treatment so they can solve their own problems. In other words, help them resolve their conflicts.
"Johnson County District Judge Allen Slater said research shows that children can do very well when their divorcing parents cooperate in raising them. But children stuck in high-conflict divorces are suffering, Slater said."
The program was started because the judges saw what conflicting parents were doing to their children. If a parent balks about participating in a particular service, a judge can limit his or her visitation rights or delay granting the divorce.
Johnson County judges hope the “problem-solving court” they implemented Jan. 1 will teach parents how to put their animosity aside for the good of their children.
Gary Kretchmer, director of domestic relations division, Johnson County Court Services provided the following Advice for Parents:
Worst things a divorcing parent can do to a child:
■ Criticize the other parent.
■ Make the child feel guilty for loving the other parent.
■ Use the child to spy on the other parent.
■ Ask the child to serve as a messenger to the other parent.
Best things a divorcing parent can do for a child:
■ Respect the other parent.
■ Use a cooperative rather than competitive spirit with the other parent.
■ Try to rebuild at least a level of trust.
■ Work on communicating well.
Source for Post: Kansas City Star