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Parent Education Courses

collage_1Parent Education Courses (Court Approved – Parenting Classes)

Parent Education Courses are required by the Virginia Code: 16.1-278.15 and 20-103 which states “that the parties to any petition where a child whose custody, visitation or support is contested shall show proof that they have attended within the 12 months prior to their court appearance or that they shall attend within 45 days thereafter an educational seminar or other like program conducted by a qualified person or organization approved by the court.”

Our office offers a course that has been approved by the Virginia Supreme Court and meets the requirements established by the Virginia code.

Please read our course description below: we have a rolling registration period for “Care-Communicate-Change” and welcome your participation in the next session.

To inquire about our parent education training schedule, please click here and send us an email: we normally offer the training every other month on a Saturday from 9am – 1pm.

Care-Communicate-Change: Working Together to Better Co-Parent

This parent education course is designed to help parents better understand how to care for their children during this time of family transition and change. The class will discuss what the family and children may be going through and ways to address many of the hurdles (stress, loss, grief, anger). The class will address how positive communication in the home and with the other parent can help alleviate some of the negative impacts on the children. The class will address how each parent may need to change how they work with the other parent and how they resolve current and future disputes in the best interest of their children.

  • This course covers many topics such as but is not limited to: effects of separation or divorce on children; parenting responsibilities; options for conflict resolution; and financial responsibilities of both parents.
  • Our course also covers topics such as: communication skills, collaborative problem solving, active listening, co-parenting techniques, positive discipline tips, anger management tips, future focused parenting, parenting styles and many more topics.

This course is energetic, educational, informative, and should truly be rewarding for those who attend.

Please Note: This course and instructor are approved by the Virginia Supreme Court and meet the requirements established by Virginia Code Sections (16.1-278.15 & 20-103) for a parent education/seminar.

Feel free to visit the Supreme Court of Virginia page on approved Parent Education Courses and Providers in your area by clicking here.

Please do read below for more information and excerpts from the Virginia code.

Parent Education Course Required in (Contested – Custody, Visitation, Support):

The parties to any petition where a child whose custody, visitation, or support is contested shall show proof that they have attended within the 12 months prior to their court appearance or that they shall attend within 45 days thereafter an educational seminar or other like program conducted by a qualified person or organization approved by the court. The court may require the parties to attend such seminar or program in uncontested cases only if the court finds good cause.

What the class must cover:

The seminar or other program shall be a minimum of (4) four hours in length and shall address:

  • effects of separation or divorce on children; and
  • parenting responsibilities; and
  • options for conflict resolution; and
  • financial responsibilities.

Once a party has completed one educational seminar or other like program, the required completion of additional programs shall be at the court’s discretion.

Who should attend:

Parties under this section shall include natural or adoptive parents of the child, or any person with a legitimate interest as defined in 20-124.1.

Fees:

The fee charged a party for participation in such program shall be based on the party’s ability to pay; however, no fee in excess of $50 may be charged.

Recommended prior to Mediation:

Whenever possible, before participating in mediation or alternative dispute resolution to address custody, visitation or support, each party shall have attended the educational seminar or other like program.

Confidentiality of Course:

Other than statements or admissions by a party admitting criminal activity or child abuse or neglect, no statement or admission by a party in such seminar or program shall be admissible into evidence in any subsequent proceeding.

Exemption from Attending:

The court may grant an exemption from attendance of such program for good cause shown or if there is no program reasonably available.

The information about the parent education requirements is extracted from Virginia Code: 16.1-278.15 and 20-103. Please feel free to read the entire code by clicking on the code sections above.