This is a two hour class for divorcing parents to help them understand the new relationship they have with each other and with their children. The purpose of this class is to help families who have been or who are in the process of being divided by divorce to survive and to raise healthier, happier children.
This class meets the Arkansas requirements for parenting classes or mediation as required for divorcing parents of minor children.
Although usually only parents are required to attend these classes, we’ve found that it can be helpful if other family members, such as grandparents or stepparents, attend also so they can help in the development of the new family structure.
Divorcing couples may attend together or separately. If possible, attending together often helps avoid questions and confusion later on. Use your own discretion.
A NOTE FROM YOUR TEACHER, BOB COLLINS:
One of the main reasons I teach this class is because I have been divorced myself. I understand what you’re going through, I’ve been there. Divorce is one of the worst experiences that can hit a family.
And I’ve had over 20 years’ experience teaching broken families how to succeed.
With the Parenting Together© class, I can help divorcing parents understand how to handle their new situation better, and how to help your children survive the upset more successfully.
To help parents find times they can attend, Parenting Together© meets twice per month, once on SUNDAY MORNING and once on WEDNESDAY NIGHT
at East Side Baptist Church, 2710 Massard Road, Fort Smith, Arkansas – see this MAP
>> You must reference our CLASS SCHEDULE for class dates each month.
Call 479-522-7490 for full information.
* I also offer Private Classes if you can’t make the regular scheduled classes.
> The fee for this class is $20 per person; cash or money order, no checks or credit/debit cards, please.
> Please do not bring your children, the topics can be upsetting to them and child care is not provided.
> NOTE: PLEASE REGISTER BY PHONE before attending (479-522-7490)
Here is a sample agenda for these classes:
1) What divorce means to your kids
– Biology 101 – two parents per child for life
– hard statistics about divorced kids
– loss of security and home foundation
– how your child sees your family now
2) Dealing with your new family makeup
– your ex-spouse: no love does NOT equal no respect
– never fight in front of your kids (this equals abuse)
– continuity and setting rules in two homes
– demonstrate how you want them to act now and later
3) Continuing family relationships
– how long will this have to continue
– scheduling dos and don’ts
– the importance of both mothers’ and fathers’ visitation
– alimony and child support – why they matter to kids
4) Moving on to new relationships
– what your dating and remarriage can mean to your kids
– if you choose to remarry – what to expect
– stepfamily dos and don’ts
5) Litigation VS mediation
– general description of mediation process
– mediation in visitation and custody disputes
– how mediation can help your family relationships
6) Resources for help
– recommended materials
– local classes & support groups
For anyone unable to attend the scheduled classes,
I also provide private meetings.
This class is all that is required by the Arkansas courts for your divorce, but
it only covers the very basic Basics. For full information about what your children need from you to cope, recover, and grow through the traumatic Divorce Process, order a copy of my full
This detailed guide includes everything I have learned through over 20 years working with divorced and divorcing parents and their families. The Divorcing Parents’ Guidebook is a complete, detailed manual that will answer your questions about your childrens’ needs by age group, type of divorce and family make up, as well as how to handle the stickiest issues that come up between divorced parents when they are trying to raise healthy, well-adjusted children in two separate homes and families.
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