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Hall Of Justice
224 East Main Street, 4th Floor
Lancaster, Ohio 43130
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P: 740-652-7440
8am-12pm & 1pm-4pm
Domestic Relations
Fairfield County Common Pleas Court, Lancaster, Ohio.
Judge Laura B. Smith, Domestic Relations
Domestic Relations Division: Parent Education
Fairfield County
Parent Education
Crossroads of
Parenting & Divorce
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In compliance with Local Rule 12.0 of the Fairfield County Domestic Relations Court, all parents in divorce, legal separation, or dissolution actions in which there are any minor children are required to complete an educational seminar sponsored by the Domestic Relations Division of the Fairfield County Common Pleas Court.

The purpose of this Parent Education Class, Children In Between®, is to teach parents how to support and assist their children as they adapt to changing family relationships.

In accordance with Local Rule, the seminar shall be completed within 45 days after the filing of the action or motion.  No action or motion shall proceed to final hearing until there has been compliance with this rule; provided, however, that non-compliance by a parent who enters no appearance and does not contest the
action shall not delay the final hearing.  This requirement may be waived by the Court for good cause shown.

Parents who fail to complete the class as ordered may be found in contempt or the case may be dismissed by the Court.  Completion of the Children In Between® class will be determined at the pretrial hearing.

Parents shall choose one of the following Children In Between® Class options
> View Requirements + Class Options

Cooperative Parenting and Divorce

Cooperative Parenting and Divorce is a sixteen hour video-based program that helps parents learn to shield their children from parental conflict while establishing a positive, long-term relationship with the child's other parent. This program is designed to be the "next step" of parent education for divorcing parents beyond the mandatory seminar.

Cooperative Parenting and Divorce benefits parents by:
• Educating parents on the impact their conflict has on their children
• Explaining children’s issues in divorce
• Teaching parents the practical skills they need to manage anger,
   increase impulse control, resolve conflict and talk to each other without arguing

Cooperative Parenting and Divorce also gives real-life examples and worksheets to enable parents to practice and develop their skills at home.

This sixteen hour program will be offered in eight consecutive, two hour sessions, and will be offered two times in a calendar year.

Session Breakdown:
• Chapter 1 - Child-Focused or Out of Focus: Commitment to Caring
• Chapter 2 - Plan for Peace or Tug of War: Allowing My Child to Love
   Both Parents
• Chapter 3 - Letting Go or Holding On: Changing My Long-Term Role
• Chapter 4 - Make It Better or Keep It Bitter: Choosing My Personal Path
• Chapter 5 - Neither Fight nor Take Flight: Managing My Anger
• Chapter 6 - Defuse or Light the Fuse: Taking Control of Conflict
• Chapter 7 - All a Winner or Winner Take All: Negotiating Agreements
• Chapter 8 - Cooperation or Conflict: Co-Parenting Is Forever

Cooperative Parenting is also an evidence based curriculum based on "what works."

• Divorced/Separated Parents in Conflict: Results from a
   True Experiment Effect of a Court Mandated Parent Education Program      
•  Increasing Cooperation Between Divorced Parents: A Program Evaluation

Class Location
All classes are held at
Fairfield County Visitation Center
227 E. Main Street, Lancaster, OH 43130 <map>

Upcoming Class Schedule
Notice To Participants: Scheduled program dates will occur unless a level 2 or level 3 snow emergency is in effect for Fairfield County or you are otherwise contacted by the instructor.

Cooperative Parenting and Divorce Classes:
4 four hour sessions
To Be Announced

For more information or to register for a class, please contact Amy Koenig by phone at (740) 652-7873or by email at alkoenig@co.fairfield.oh.us.
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