Every person getting a divorce in Belmont County who has a child under the age of 18 is now court-ordered to take a course. “Helping Children Cope with Divorce” is a one-time class that takes about two-and-a-half-hours to complete. It is presented by the OSU Extension Service in St. Clairsville.
The class is put on once a month, and it is always filled. It’s for parents only, but it teaches adults how to interact in the best interests of their children. Instructor Polly Loy said parents can learn how to raise their child without trauma or anger.
“Children fare best in a divorce situation when their parents can find some way to be civil to each other. It’s really important that kids have that kind of backing from their parents and that kind of investment in helping to make it go more smoothly for them,” Loy said.
There is a $15 charge to take the course. Loy said a post-divorce relationship can end up in one of three ways: better than the marriage was, the same as the marriage, or worse. She said the course offers good coping strategies to help children through a difficult time in their lives.