Focus On Children Co-Parent Education
Focus on Children provides parents with information about how to cooperatively parent after separation or divorce. All parents filing for divorce or custody of their children are court ordered to attend this class. Proof of attendance may be required to get a divorce or establish custody.
Focus on Children is not a parenting class. We know parents are the experts about their children. Regardless of the shared parenting arrangements you chose, research has shown children cope best when they are not caught in the middle of their parents' conflict. Focus on Children will provide parents with information about the needs of children as they grow and will give parents tools for peaceful problem solving.
There are two types of Focus on Children classes, one for new case filings and another for modification filings.
The new filing classes offer information regarding the impact and ways to keep children out of the middle of conflict, stages of development as it relates to co-parenting, effective parenting plans, and mediation. Parents are ordered to attend the class together, however one may reschedule if they do not feel comfortable attending the same class together. Generally, guests (significant others or family members) are not allowed to attend if the other parent does not want them in the same class.
The modification classes offer specific tools to co-parent when there is low to high conflict, including tips, business-like co-parenting, and parallel parenting. Parents are ordered to separate modification classes, and are encouraged to bring significant others and family members.*
How much does it cost?:
- $20.00 for the new filing classes
- $30.00 for the modification classes
- $10.00 per guest
Focus On Children – Online
The Online version is available only to parties who live or work more than 75 miles from the county in which the family court case is heard, or if he/she is housebound.
To comply online, you will need to purchase the workbook and materials by sending a check or money order to Family Court Services in the amount of $30.00. Please send check or money order and the address you would like the packet mailed, along with a copy of your Order to:
Family Court Services
1115 Albany Street
Caldwell, ID 83605