Coparenting During Separation or Divorce: A Military Family Perspective

About this Episode

In this episode, Dr. Emily Becher, an Applied Researcher and Evaluation Specialist through the University of Minnesota Extension shares all about the topic of coparenting. As part of our conversation, we focus particularly on the challenges and benefits of coparenting during separations or divorce. We conclude by sharing some practical strategies that professionals can use as they help ensure healthy coparenting, particularly for military families.

Guest Bio

Emily Becher, Ph.D. is an Applied Research and Evaluation Specialist at Emily picUniversity of Minnesota Extension in the Center for Family Development. She has a Ph.D. in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota and a Masters of Science in Couple and Family Therapy from the University of Rochester Medical School.

Emily uses a wide range of research and evaluation strategies to support the programs and initiatives of Extension, including Ripple Effect Mapping and Social Network Analysis. Emily’s area of interest is in systemic models for reducing risks and increasing protective factors for families, with a special emphasis on coparenting.   https://twitter.com/becheremily

Additional Materials

Online Resources

1. Parenting Plan or a Parenting Agreement Worksheet
2. Parents ForeverTM Curriculum
3. National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families
4. Couple and Family Therapy through Military OneSource
a. Additional resources for Marriage and Family Therapists who are working with military Service members, Veterans and their families
5. Research by Jennifer Hardesty on different types of violence during marriage relating to coparenting experiences and health outcomes after separation

Recent Journal Articles

1. Becher, E., Kim, H., Cronin, S. E., Deenanath, V., McGuire, J. K., McCann, E. & Powell, S. E. (2019). Positive parenting and parental conflict: Contributions to resilient coparenting during divorce. Family Relations, 68(1), 150-164.
2. Becher, E., McGuire, J. K., McCann, E., Powell, S. E., Cronin, S. E. & Deenanath, V. (2018). Extension-based divorce education: A quasi-experimental design study of the Parents Forever program. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage,59(8), 633-652.
3. Cronin, S. E., Becher, E., McCann, E., McGuire, J. K. & Powell, S. E. (2017). Relational conflict and outcomes from an online divorce education program. Evaluation and Program Planning, 62, 49-55.
4. DeVoe, et al (2019 ). Coparenting across the Deployment Cycle: Observations from Military Families with Young Children. 

This material is based on work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Office of Military Family Readiness Policy, U.S. Department of Defense Award Number 2015-48770-24368

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