Co-parent court

Co-parent court 09 October 2013

A problem-solving court is providing structure to unmarried fathers and mothers

Co-Parent Court applies a problem solving model to assist low income unmarried parents who are establishing paternity. Research shows that children of unmarried parents in the United States are at increased risk of a great array of negative outcomes. These risks can be reduced by effective co-parenting.

In Co-Parent Court, after paternity is established, parents are referred to a series of three to four hour workshops to discuss how to best work together with their children. Because many of these parents are quite underprivileged, they are offered social services to address their own needs that prevent them from being effective parents, such as safe housing, education, employment, and physical or mental health care. Finally, parents are assisted in completing a parenting plan template that guides them through joint decision-making about how they want to raise their child together.

Read more about this successful innovation entered for the 2013 Innovating Justice Awards