Families & Divorce
Programs are available throughout Nebraska to help meet the needs of divorcing families and children and meet the requirements of Parent Act, Ne. Rev. Stat. section 43-2928.
Resources for Divorcing Families
Each year, over thousands of children under the age of 18 are affected by divorce in our area. Research indicates that for many of these children, separation or divorce may leave overwhelming feelings of insecurity, guilt, shame, loneliness and failure. Often, these feelings stay with the child for a lifetime--affecting not only their self-esteem, but also their ability to cope, and handle conflict, peer pressure and anger.
About Co-Parenting for Successful Kids (formerly Parents Forever) developed by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension meets the guidelines of the basic level parenting class for families seeking custody of minor children (Parent Act, Ne. Rev. Stat. section 43-2928).
Parenting Plans for Separating or Divorcing Parents: When parents divorce, they are required to file a parenting plan with the court before the final divorce decree is granted. This NebGuide discusses what a parenting plan encompasses and how this plan can serve the best interests of the child. Learn more
Co-Parenting for Successful Kids strengthens communication skills that can improve interactions with children and the other parent. This is an unbiased, research-based education class designed to help separating and divorcing parents cope with divorce and custody. Parents learn to answer the children's questions and keep their children safe and out of their conflict.
The goal of Co-Parenting for Successful Kids is to develop respectful, responsive and responsible co-parenting. Offered since 1999, and serving approximately 2,000 parents each year, post-class evaluations for this research-based program are extremely high. Although parents typically don't want to come to a court-mandated class, the majority express their appreciation at the conclusion of the class.