Parents in Denmark Now Required to Take Three-Month ‘Reflection Period’ and Online Course Before They Can Divorce

Parents seeking a divorce in Denmark are now required to take a mandatory course and wait three months before they can separate. 

The Danish Parliament agreed in March to implement a mandatory “reflection period” of three months and require parents who have children 18 years old and younger to take an online course before a divorce can be finalized.

The course is called ‘Co-operation After Divorce’ and enables parents to consider the ramifications of a relationship split, particularly through the eyes of their children, and explains how to communicate after divorce, Evangelical Focus reported earlier this week.

“The digital course answers some of the most fundamental questions that you are left with during a divorce,” Mai Mercado, Denmark’s Ministry of Children and Social Security, told the Paris-based news agency Agence France-Presse.

Approximately 70% of children live together with both of their parents, compared to 85% in 1980, according to Statistics Denmark. Until the adoption of this new policy, Danes have been able to obtain what is called a “mutually consensual” divorce rather speedily, by simply filling out an online form and requiring no judge nor waiting period.

Jennifer Roback Morse, founder and president of the Lake Charles, Louisiana-based Ruth Institute, said in a Friday email to The Christian Post that while she is unfamiliar with Danish law, she finds it appalling that people can currently obtain a divorce with such ease.

“It seems that the Danes are beginning to take seriously the long-term negative impact of divorce, especially on children,” Morse said. “The number of divorces in the past year was 46% of the number of marriages recorded: the Danes have plenty of sad experience with the impact of divorce.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter