Parenting After Separation offered in new communities
Parenting After Separation is a free, three-hour information session for BC parents and other family members who are involved in a dispute over child custody, access, guardianship or support. The program is available in 13 BC communities, most recently in Chilliwack, North Vancouver and Richmond. Parties who intend to schedule a court appearance to resolve family law issues are first required to attend a session.
The program is voluntary in seven other BC communities, and in some locations is also offered in Hindi, Punjabi, Cantonese and Mandarin.
Facilitators lead the sessions, with a view to helping parents make careful and informed decisions about their separation and any conflicts that may result, taking into account the best interests of their children. The sessions cover:
- the impact of separation on parents and children;
- how families can adjust to change;
- effective ways for parents to communicate;
- how to keep the children out of the middle of conflict;
- options for resolving family disputes, including mediation; and
- counselling and the court process.
The sessions also touch on how the child support guidelines are applied and what resources are available in local communities, including LAWlink and other programs of the Legal Services Society.
For details, contact a local Family Justice Centre. Call Enquiry BC at 604 660-2421 in Vancouver, 250 387-6121 in Victoria or toll-free 1-800 663-7867 in other locations.