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Mandatory Parent Education Class

To schedule a Parent Education Class participants may call the Forensic Evaluation Services Center at (513)869-4014, e-mail the center at parentingclass@fesc-oh.org, or complete the online form.

ABOUT THE COURSE: “Helping Families Succeed During Divorce” an interactive four (4) hour online co-parenting education program presented by Forensic Evaluation Services Center in cooperation with the Butler County Domestic Relations Court. The classes are designed to engage the parents in informative and useful information about helping their children cope with divorce.  Completion of the entire course is mandatory for all parents who are petitioning for a divorce or dissolution with children through Domestic Relations Court.  Spouses are not permitted to attend the same online session of the class.      

The course is designed to help participants understand the impact of the divorce experience. Part 1 looks at the divorce experience from the adult/parent point of view. This includes the decision to divorce, the stages of the divorce process, the emotions of divorce, and the psychological tasks of divorce for adults. Part 2 focuses on talking to children about divorce, how children of different age groups typically respond to the losses, and when and where to go to get help for their children. Other topics covered include dealing with changing roles, overcoming roadblocks to cooperative parenting, and effective communication skills. 

PROGRAM ENROLLMENT: The DR628 form is the notice requiring parties with children to attend Parent Education Class upon filing a complaint for divorce or dissolution (with children) with the Clerk of Courts. Parties must register for the course within fifteen (15) days of filing the divorce petition.  The class must be completed prior to the final hearing. 

PARTICIPANTS MUST HAVE THEIR DR CASE NUMBER TO SCHEDULE THE CLASS. Participants will be provided with the date and time of the class or classes they will be attending online. They will receive by mail or email a confirmation of their online classes.  Once registered, parent names, DR case numbers, and scheduled dates/times will be forwarded to the Domestic Relations Court. Participants will be required to sign in online on time and then complete questions and activities during both sessions to verify attendance.   Upon successful completion of the course, and the survey at the end of Part 2, participants will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.  A copy of the certificate will be forwarded to the Court for verification purposes.

TIMES AND LOCATIONS OF CLASSES: The four (4) hour program is offered bi-weekly via Zoom and divided into two (2) 2-hour sessions. Parties must attend both parts and attend Part 1 before attending Part 2. Parents are required to sign in 15 minutes prior before each session. 

Sessions are held as follows:
Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 5:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday mornings from 8:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 11:40 p.m. to 1:40 p.m.

A Spanish only version of the course will generally be offered one time a month.   Please call Forensic Evaluation Services Center at (513)869-4014 to schedule with an instructor.

En general, se ofrecera una version del curso en espanol una vez al mes.  Llame al (513)869-4014 o envie un coreo electronico a parentingclass@fesc-oh.org para programar con ese instructor.  

For anyone else that needs an interpreter or accommodations, please call (513)869-4014 to make arrangements at least two weeks in advance of the class date so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

DR 628 - Notice to Attend Mandatory Parent Education Class