Parenting After Separation is a free three-hour information session. It is for parents and others who have a responsibility to make decisions for children. It is most ideal for:
Parents going through separation
People helping children adjust to changes after separation
People looking for information about options for resolving family disputes (mediation, counselling, court)
The main purpose is to help people make informed choices about family separation that focus on the best interests of the children. Each session is led by facilitators experienced in helping families solve conflicts.
Participants will learn:
How adults and children experience the process of separation
Strategies to help families adjust to change
How to speak to children about separation
Effective ways to communicate and reduce conflict
How to keep children out of the middle of the conflict
Options for resolving family disputes
How the Child Support Guidelines are applied
Resources in the community for parents and children
Legal advice is not provided at the information session.
Parenting After Separation is available to all adults dealing with parental arrangements, but the majority of participants are required to attend by the court system. If both parents need to attend, they will be required to attend separate Parenting After Separation sessions.
In British Columbia, a certificate of attendance at a Parenting After Separation session is required before going to court for applicants to obtain or change a child support order or an order about parenting arrangements, contact or support OR for respondents who wish to appear in court to respond to an application.
Grandparents, step-parents, or other family members may also need a Parenting After Separation certificate if dealing with any of the above matters.
At the completion of the session, participants will receive a certificate of attendance tied to the name that was used at registration. The certificate can then be filed at the court registry. It may be a good idea to make a copy for your records.
If it has been more than 24 months (2 years) since the date of attendance, the certificate may no longer be valid.
If you attended a session in Victoria,and the certificate is lost, another copy can be obtained by calling us. Be sure to allow up to two business days for the request to be processed.
Sessions are only offered on Thursdays from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, OR 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. This is depending on the schedule as sessions aren't offered every week. Some sessions do fill up quickly and they may be not available when you contact us. Childcare services are not provided while you are attending, and your children are not permitted to be in attendance.
The sessions take place in Downtown Victoria. The address will be given to you upon registration. The sessions are not held at our office. We can only register participants for sessions in Victoria. Everyone who wishes to attend must contact us themselves by phone or in person. For sessions elsewhere in British Columbia, please click here.
If you think your situation warrants an exemption from attending a Parenting After Separation session in person, please contact the Justice Access Centre in Victoria at (250) 356-7012.
Please call (250) 386-4331 to register for Parenting After Separation through Family Services of Greater Victoria.
We acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia.