Parenting After Separation

Parenting After Separation is a free three-hour workshop for parents dealing with family break-up issues of child custody, access, guardianship and/or support. Topics include the impact of separation on children, decision-making and legal options. Parenting After Separating Parent Handbooks are available in multiple languages. A Facilitator's Guide is also available.

Parenting After Separation (PAS) is a free three-hour workshop that helps parents make informed decisions about their separation which consider their children’s best interests. The program is mandatory for separating parents in some BC communities. 



Topics include:

  • The impact of separation on you and your children
  • How to help your family adjust to change
  • Strategies to help your family adjust to change
  • Effective ways you and your children’s other parent can communicate
  • How to keep your children out of the middle of conflict
  • Options for resolving family disputes, including mediation, counseling and the court process
  • How the child support guidelines are applied
  • Resources in the community for parents and children

Resources for the Parenting After Separation program include a Parent's Handbook, which is available in multiple languages, as well as a Facilitator's Guide.

Click here for the April to June 2017 schedule for both PAS and PAS Finances.

For more information about the Parenting After Separation program, contact the Family Justice Centre in your area.

To register for a session in New Westminster, Richmond and Port Coquitlam, please contact:

Justice Education Society (fastest response)
(604) 775-0856
Toll Free: 1-800-775-0856

For the Nanaimo area, please contact:
Nanaimo Family Justice Services Centre
Toll free: 1-800-578-8511

For the Victoria area, please contact:
BC Families in Transition
(250) 386-4331
Toll free: 1-877-386-4333

For information about other locations click here.

Parenting After Separation is well-complemented by our Parenting After Separation Finances program.

Online Parenting After Separation
The Justice Education Society has developed a comprehensive Online PAS course that covers the same topics as the in-person workshops.

The course is multimedia rich and includes videos, audio, text, worksheets and interactive exercises. Virtual facilitators guide participants through the course content to help them make positive decisions about the way they resolve their parenting issues after separation.

To view the course, visit and click "Online Courses: Parenting After Separation."