“Parenting After Separation” is a three-hour information session for parents, sponsored by the Ministry of Justice. Its purpose is to help parents make informed choices about their separation which take into account the best interests of their children. The session is led by facilitators who are experienced in helping families through this difficult time.
In some communities in British Columbia parents must attend a Parenting After Separation session before going to court on matters such as guardianship, parenting arrangements (including parental responsibilities, parenting time), contact with a child and/or support. This also includes changing an existing order for these matters. Your record of attendance expires after 24 months. The court registry in which you file your application can inform you if attendance is mandatory.
As of November 1, 2019, the BC Ministry of Justice offers the Parenting after Separation program online only. For more information and to register, please check out their website at www.familieschange.ca. If you have any additional questions, please contact your local Family Justice Centre.