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Mandatory Parent Education Class

ABOUT THE COURSE: The “Helping Children Succeed After Divorce” program is a four (4) hour Parent Education class which is presented by Forensic Evaluation Services Center in cooperation with the Domestic Relations Court. The program is offered as one, four (4) hour class or divided into two, two (2) hour classes.  Completion of the entire course is mandatory for all parents who seek divorce or dissolution in Butler County. Spouses are not permitted to attend the same 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 your 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 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. 
To schedule a Parent Education Class contact Forensic Evaluation Services Center at (513) 869-4014.  PARTICIPANTS MUST HAVE THEIR DR CASE NUMBER TO SCHEDULE THE CLASS. Participants will be provided with the date, time and location of the class or classes they will be attending. They will receive by mail a confirmation with directions to the scheduled class. Their name, case number and scheduled dates/times will be forwarded to the Butler County Domestic Relations Court. Participants will be required to sign in at both sessions to verify attendance. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be awarded a Certificate of Completion. Additionally, a copy of the certificate will be forwarded to the Court for verification purposes.

TIMES AND LOCATIONS OF CLASSES: The program is offered as one, four (4) hour class or divided into two, two (2) hour classes.  Parties must attend both parts, and must attend Part 1 before you attend Part 2. Sessions are held as follows:

PART 1 AND PART 2-SATURDAYS FROM 9:00 AM TO 1:15 PM OR TWO EVENING CLASSES TUESDAYS 6:00 -8:00PM AND THURSDAYS 6:00-8:00PM (Registration begins 15 minutes prior to the start of class).

Participants may attend either time for Parts 1 and 2, as long as Part 1 is completed first. BOTH PARTS are to be completed within a two-week period.

A Spanish only version of the course will generally be offered one time a month at 101 High St., 3rd Floor Hamilton, OH 45011 location. Please call (513)869-4014 to schedule with that instructor.

Sólo una versión española del curso, por lo general, se ofrece el una vez al mes en el 101 HIgh St., 3rd Floor Hamilton, OH 45011. Por favor, llame (513)869-4014 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.

All classes are held at the Fitton Center, 101 Monument Ave, Hamilton, Ohio, except for the second Saturday of each month when the class is held at Miami University Campus, 4200 N. University Blvd., Middletown, Ohio. 

INCLEMENT WEATHER: If the weather should become hazardous, due to snow, ice, etc., please tune to CHANNEL 12 WKRC TV to learn if class has been canceled or postponed. If Butler County has been put under a Level 3 Snow Emergency, the class will be rescheduled. Please contact the Forensic Evaluation Services Center at (513) 869-4014 for additional information.

DR 628 - Notice to Attend Mandatory Parent Education Class





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