Parent questions cost of mandatory divorce parenting classes

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BEAVERTON, Ore. - Out of concern for her children, Courtney didn't want her face shown or her last name used.

But she's upset enough to discuss mandatory divorce parenting classes that are more than triple the $70 cost of those in Multnomah and Clackamas counties.

“Everybody can use a little brushing up on their parenting skills, I get that," Courtney says. "There's no problem there. It's just $267 worth of brushing up. And also the rigidity of the structure of the class. You have to go four weeks in a row.”

Washington County Circuit judge Keith Raines oversees Washington County's family law services.

He told me the "Kids' Turn" parenting program is more expensive, but also more effective.

A study pubished in the Journal of Divorce and Remarriage of 7-to-9 year old children of divorcing parents in San Francisco, concludes 'Kids' Turn' changes children's beliefs and attitudes toward divorce, with lasting effects.

One "Kids' Turn" parent posted a video on Youtube.

“Kids' Turn treated me like an equal parent, and for the first time I felt like I had a leg to stand on,” the man in the video says.

Courtney isn't convinced.

“I can't imagine that it's, you know, 200-dollars more effective, especially when, like I said, it really does not accommodate its audience well," Courtney says. "I think that's the point. If you want to get your message through to parents and give them parenting skills, you need to make it doable.”