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Co-Parenting Program (Parent Education and Custody Effectiveness, or PEACE)

HOURS:Day classes: 10:00 am-1:00 pm (Grand Jury Room, North Tower, 4th Floor, Rm 4240)

Night classes: 5:30-8:30 pm (Jury Lounge, North Tower, 2nd Floor, Rm 2100)

PHONE: 240-777-9076

Family Division Services is committed to helping families experiencing separation and divorce develop positive working relationships for the benefit of their children. To facilitate this, the Court developed an in-house co-parenting skills enhancement program (P.E.A.C.E., or Parent Education and Custody Effectiveness). Taught by the Court Evaluators, the goal of this program is to provide separating and/or divorcing parents an opportunity to learn about problems that their children may experience as a result of divorce/separation and associated parental conflicts. It offers parents an opportunity to learn the skills necessary to keep their children out of family conflicts and raise them peacefully between separate households. The program encourages parents to assume responsibility for creating a post-divorce/separation environment in which their children are their first priority.

The program consists of two 3-hour consecutive sessions held one week apart. Each parent is scheduled to attend at different dates and times. Day classes are held from 10:00 am-1:00 pm in the Grand Jury Room (North Tower, 4th Floor, Room 4240), and evening classes are held from 5:30-8:30 pm in the Jury Lounge (North Tower, 2nd Floor, Room 2100). The program is cost free to parents with a court order from the Montgomery County Circuit Court. Additionally, Montgomery County residents who have been ordered by another Circuit Court to attend a parenting class may also attend this program. Children are not permitted in Co-Parenting Skills Enhancement Sessions.

Download the P.E.A.C.E. Handbook (PDF)

Download the P.E.A.C.E. Brochure (PDF)

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NOTE: You must arrive on time for parenting classes to be admitted.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About the Co-Parenting Program

The classes focus primarily on the following three topics:

  • The effects of divorce and separation on adults;
  • The effects of divorce and separation on children and how parents can help them cope with this transition in their lives; and
  • Promoting effective communication between parents

Yes. All co-parenting sessions are provided in Spanish. Using a radio transmitter and headphones, an interpreter provides near simultaneous interpretation of the sessions with minimal disruption. The Court also provides a Spanish language guide to the co-parenting order when a party requests a Spanish interpreter. The P.E.A.C.E. manual is also available in Spanish.

The Court can also provide translation services of the next nine most common languages spoken by Montgomery County residents and other languages for which a qualified translator can be located. A second transmitter is available allowing up to two languages to be interpreted in any session, along with American Sign Language (ASL).

Call Family Division Services at 240-777-9076; keep in mind, though, that the date can only be changed once.

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