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Resources for Families

These free online resources are designed to help families experiencing divorce or separation.

For Families — English

Games Divorcing Parents Play Webinar — Learn about games divorcing parents play. Recorded free webinar for parents and professionals; certificate available upon completion.

Supporting Relationships with Both Parents — Tips for supporting a child's relationship with both parents.

Children Moving Between Two Households — Easy steps to help children's transition between two households go more smoothly.

What is your parenting style? Quiz — An easy-to-use tool that helps parents identify and understand their dominate parenting style.

Tips for Talking with Your Children's Other Parent — A short online presentation that gives parents ways to communicate that help them overcome their personal differences. The related "I" Message cards help support one of the suggested strategies. Also in Spanish

Creating a Parenting Plan — This planning worksheet will help parents create a parenting plan for parenting their children while they are living in two households. Also in Spanish

Parenting Time Schedules  — Make sure the parenting time schedules you agree upon make sense for your family.

Credit Issues with Divorce — Things to consider relating to credit and divorce.

Suggestions for Stepfamilies — Suggestions for stepparenting and a summary of some of the unique challenges encountered as a stepparent.

Grandparents and Kin Raising Children — Brief description of problems encountered and available resources for grandparents/kin who are raising children.

With Kids and Divorce There's More than a “Day” in Holiday — There are some things divorced parents can keep in mind to help ease the difficulty of holidays.

Holiday Gifts When Parents are Divorced — Tips for approaching holiday gift giving when parenting apart.

Helping Children Cope with Divorce — Tips for parents on helping their children adjust during and after a divorce.

Effects of Divorce on Children — Divorce affects children differently, depending on their gender, age, temperament and stage of development. Here are what researchers describe are “common responses” of most children experiencing divorce.

New Families and Traditions — Transitions in family life create a unique challenge for new families.

You may also be interested in Families with Teens Parent Resources.

For Families — Spanish

Consejos para hablar con el padre o la madre de nuestros hijo — Una presentación corta con algunas ideas para ayudar a los padres separados o divorciados a sobrellevar sus diferencias personales. Las tarjetas de los "Mensajes yo" se usan con una de las ideas que aquí se sugieren. En inglés tambien.

Cómo preparar el acuerdo entre padres — Una presentación corta en cómo de preparar el acuerdo entre padres, un paso importante en los niños que pasan habre en diferentes hogares. En inglés tambien.

Ver más recursos en divorcio visita Families with Teens Spanish Resources.

Other Recommended Resources

Dealing with Stress: A Web-based Educational SeriesMinnesota Sowing the Seeds of Hope Coalition and various partners, including the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development – Online workshop series that provides an overview of stress and strategies and tools for managing it.

Divorce Matters: Coping with Stress and Change (159 KB PDF) — Iowa State University Extension Service — Sources of stress during family transition and how to cope.

Domestic Violence and DivorceUniversity of Missouri Extension — Describes the four types of domestic violence and provides guidance on how to deal with it.

National Institute of Mental Health — Information on depression in children.

Using Guidance ToolsUniversity of Minnesota Extension — Strategies for parents to use in managing conflict and to teach responsibility.

Using Nurturance and Prevention ToolsUniversity of Minnesota Extension — Strategies to help parents raise healthy, happy, secure children and strategies parents can use when children are not misbehaving that will keep problems from occurring.

Understanding Child Support: A Handbook for Parents (448 KB PDF) — Minnesota Department of Human Services — General information about Minnesota's child support program.

Child Support: Common TermsMinnesota Department of Human Services — A to Z listing of common terms used in legal documents.

Child support in Minnesota: Facts and Figures (112 KB PDF) — Minnesota Department of Human Services

Minnesota Child Support Guidelines CalculatorMinnesota Department of Human Services — Estimate the amount of child support that the court may order on a case.

Early Neutral EvaluationMinnesota Judicial Branch — A confidential alternative dispute resolution technique designed for faster settlement of cases

Family Mediation: A How-To GuideHamline University — Answers questions to help you decide if mediation is for your family.

Getting a Divorce: A Basic Guide to Minnesota Law — — Booklet available online. Walks through all aspects of the divorce process.

MN Statute: Interest of the ChildMinnesota Office of the Revisor of Statues — Minnesota Statute 518.17 Custody and Support of Children on Judgment.

Self-Help Center: Divorce, Custody & Family LawMinnesota Judicial Branch — This site provides you with helpful resources as well as creating your own divorce forms.

Costs of Raising a Child CalculatorUnited States Department of Agriculture — Use this online tool to estimate how much it will cost you annually to raise a child.

Youth and MoneyUniversity of Minnesota Extension — Comprehensive listing of resources for students, parents, educators on children/teen financial literacy.

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