Introduction

Parenting after Separation is a three-hour information session for all parents in BC, sponsored by the Ministry of Attorney General.

The Aboriginal Parenting after Separation workshop is for Aboriginal parents and their families and communities.

Both workshops help parents make informed choices about their separation which take into account the best interests of their children. The workshops are led by facilitators who are experienced in helping families.

The PAS workshop is available to all adults who are dealing with issues of child custody, access, guardianship and/or support. The sessions are available at various times. Specific information for each community in B.C. is available upon registration. If both parents are registered, they will attend separate PAS sessions.

The Aboriginal Parenting after Separation workshop is for Aboriginal parents and their families and communities. It is now available online through this website. It provides information and activities to help adults who are separating to address their own personal needs and respond better to the needs of their children.

The program is designed as information for educational purposes; it is not a therapy or counselling program.

The goal of the APAS program is to empower parents to make informed decisions about the way they resolve their parenting issues after separation in a manner that is in the best interests of their child(ren).

This is accomplished by providing information about:

  • The emotions experienced by adults during separating and divorce.
  • How to assist children through the separation process
  • Dispute resolution options and court procedures
  • The Child Support Guidelines and Community resources

APAS is based on adapted material from the Kids in the Middle (KITM) program, another product produced by the Justice Education Society of B.C.

Mandatory Requirement

In some communities in B.C., parents must attend a PAS session before going to court on matters of custody, access, guardianship and/or child support. This also includes changing an existing order for custody, access, guardianship and/or support. The court registry where an application to court is filed can inform the person who is filing if attendance is mandatory.

In these communities:

  • Both parents must attend, whether they are married, living common-law or had never lived together.
  • Other parties who have made an application to court, such as grandparents and step-parents must attend a PAS session.

The sessions are free. Note that child care services are not provided.