Cooperative Parenting and Divorce is an innovative,  psycho-educational program that puts children first while creating promising solutions designed to improve the quality of the parental relationship in situations of divorce or family separation. The overall emphasis of Cooperative Parenting and Divorce is to offer children the opportunity to grow in a home environment free from being caught in the middle of parental conflict. 

Family relationships do not disappear when a marriage ends in divorce or a couple terminates a relationship. Instead, the demanding job of parenting requires even more skill. For the sake of the children, divorced parents must communicate with their former spouses in matters of child rearing since the ability of parents to interact with each other greatly affects the child’s adjustment to divorce. Unrelenting parental conflict is the single most common cause of poor adjustment in children following a divorce. 

Cooperative Parenting and Divorce is an extensive, informed, and interactive resource for parents as they examine the complex realities of divorce. The Cooperative Parenting and Divorce program has been well received by judges and juvenile courts throughout the nation since its introduction in 1995. 

How the Cooperative Parenting and Divorce program works

Cooperative Parenting and Divorce explores the family issues that accompany divorcing parents. It is designed for parents demonstrating mild to moderate levels of parental conflict. The program is facilitated by a trained parent educator and incorporates small- and large-group discussions, parent interactions, and weekly homework assignments. 

To accommodate working parents, our classes are designed to be 80% online so parents can work at their own pace at times convenient to them. We have broken our program into two sections each comprised of four online sessions and one group session which will take place on a Saturday for a total of ten sessions. Our Saturday group sessions for both Sections 1 and 2 are scheduled monthly for attendee convenience.

The Cooperative Parenting and Divorce Class Sessions

Session 1: Making the Commitment to Caring
‘Child-Focused or Out of Focus’

Session 2: Allowing My Child to Love Both Parents
‘Plan for Peace or Tug of War’

Session 3: Changing My Long Term Role 
‘Letting Go or Holding On’

Session 4: Choosing My Personal Path
‘Make it Better or Keep it Bitter’


Session 5: Managing My Own Anger
‘Neither Fight nor Take Flight’

Session 6: Taking Control of Conflict
‘Defuse or Light the Fuse’

Session 7: Negotiating Agreement
‘All a Winner or Winner Takes All’

Session 8: Co-Parenting is Forever
‘Cooperation or Conflict’





Benefits for Parents

  • Assists parents in shifting their roles from former spouses to co-parents
  • Educates parents regarding the impact of conflict on their child’s development
  • Helps parents identify their contributions to conflict
  • Facilitates parents’ learning about anger management as well as communication and conflict resolution skills
  • Develops parents’ understanding of children’s issues in divorce

Benefits for Children

  • Reduces the child’s symptoms of stress as parental conflict decreases
  • Allows the child to love both parents as loyalty issues decrease
  • Creates a more relaxed home atmosphere, allowing the child to adjust to his or her parents’ divorce
  • Teaches the children effective communication and conflict-resolution skills as modelled by their parents
  • Increases the likelihood of keeping two active parents in the child’s life
  • Diminishes the likelihood of future relationship difficulties and divorce for the child

Benefits for Society

  • Decreases future litigation, court costs, and time
  • Expands the definition of ‘family,’ thereby preserving and strengthening the family structure
  • Potentially reduces adolescent drug and alcohol problems, teenage pregnancy, school dropout rates, and crime associated with children of divorce

What Participants Have To Say About This Course

“I wish we had taken this course prior to getting lawyers and filing with the court system.”

“It made me realize how many things I am doing wrong and what effects it has on my children.”

“This course taught me more and cost less than a couple of hours with my attorney!”

“I would highly recommend this course to anyone going through a divorce with children.”

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