Cooperative Parenting

About the Program

 Cooperative Parenting and Divorce is an innovative program that puts children first while creating promising solutions that focus on education and the prevention of parental conflict in situations of family separation.

The Cooperative Parenting and Divorce program covers a wide variety of topics, including:

  • Divorce Process – Emotional, Psychological, Legal, Economic, Financial, Community Issues
  • Life After Divorce – How Children React
  • How to Help Children Adjust and Overcome Divorce
  • Communication and Listening Skills for Parents
  • Creating a New Family Structure –Stepparents, Step Siblings, Discipline, Parental Dating
  • Identifying Adjustment Problems – School, Home, Substance Abuse, Depression, Fear, Anxiety
  • Available Community Resources and How to Get Help
  • Legal Process Education – Judicial Process, Mediation
  • Domestic Violence – Identify Perpetrator Attitudes and Conduct

The Cooperative Parenting and Divorce program is designed for parents demonstrating mild to moderate levels of parental conflict. Each class is facilitated by a trained parent educator who leads participants in exploring the issues associated with divorce through a group format that can be implemented easily and safely while creating a supportive group environment.

The goals of the program include:

  • Assisting parents in shifting their role from former spouses to co-parents
  • Educating parents regarding the impact of parental conflict on their child’s development
  • Helping parents identify their contributions to conflict while increasing impulse control
  • Teaching parents anger management, communication and conflict resolution skills and children’s issues in divorce

Cooperative Parenting and Divorce benefits children by:

  • Reducing the child’s symptoms of stress as parental conflict decreases
  • Diminishing the child’s sense of loyalty binds
  • Allowing the child to love both parents
  • Creating a more relaxed home atmosphere, allowing the child to adjust more effectively
  • Teaching effective communication and conflict-resolution skills as modeled by their parents
  • Increasing the likelihood of keeping two active parents in the child’s life

Cooperative Parenting and Divorce benefits society by:

  • Decreasing future litigation, court costs and time
  • Expanding the definition of “family,” thereby preserving and strengthening the family structure
  • Potentially reducing adolescent drug and alcohol problems, teenage pregnancy, school dropout rates, and crime associated with children of divorce
  • Potentially diminishing the likelihood of future relationship difficulties and divorce for the child

Fees and Scheduling

Monday 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Saturday 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Classes are not offered every Monday and Saturday, so please contact our office for exact dates.

Each participant is required to register and pay for the class at least 48 hours or two business days in advance of the class. Failure to do so will result in a $15 late registration fee.

*Registration fees are $35 for an individual or $60 for a couple (if both parties attend the same class). Payment may be made over the phone with a Visa or Mastercard, by check, certified check or cash at least 48 hours in advance of the date you plan to attend.

Please do not bring children to class, no childcare is available.

If you arrive more than 10 minutes late for class, you will not be permitted to enter the class. Our doors close and lock 10 minutes after class begins.

To register and pay to attend a Cooperative Parenting class, please call our administrative office, or stop by during regular business hours.

*Fees are subject to change.