Services - Parent Information Program
Parents Helping Children:
The Parent Information Program assists parents who have children and are involved in a proceeding before the Supreme Court (Family Division) to support their children during the process and to identify and practice ways to keep children from getting caught in the middle.
The goals of the Parent Information Program are:
Sessions will take place on scheduled weekday afternoons, evenings and Saturday mornings, at the Family Division locations, in Halifax, Sydney and Port Hawkesbury. Once referred by a court officer, each parent is required to attend two sessions, each lasting two hours. A court staff member will inform parents of the date and time of the sessions they must attend. Every attempt will be made to accommodate work and family commitments.Will my ex-partner be in the same session as me?
No. The sessions are scheduled to ensure that you will not be in the same session as your ex-partner. They will be required to attend a session on another date.Do I have to attend the session?
Yes, the sessions are mandatory if you have been referred by a court officer. Failure to attend will be noted in the court file and may affect your ability to get a court date for a hearing or trial, or the judge may ask you why you did not attend.What will happen at the session?
You will receive information about options for resolving disputes, the effects of parental conflict on children, as well as discuss children's experience of separation and divorce, learn techniques for dealing with conflict situations and ways to avoid placing your children in the middle.Do I bring my children to the session?
No.If an emergency arises and I can't attend the session, who should I contact?
Call the Family Division immediately and inform the court officer who referred you to Parent Education of the situation.Can a friend of family member come to the session with me?
No. The session is to help you and your former partner with the issues you are facing.Will I be asked for personal information about my situation?
No. You will not have to talk about your situation. The session will focus on videos and handouts. You will have an opportunity to ask questions.