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Parenting through Separation

Parenting through Separation is a free information programme that helps you work out what’s best for your children when you’re separating. 

The earlier in your separation you can get to a programme the better for you and your children. You can attend Parenting through Separation even if you are just thinking of separating, or if you have been separated for some time – it’s all about making things better for the children.

The programme, funded by the Ministry of Justice, has been developed by professionals who specialise in helping families through separation, and is delivered by experienced facilitators from Family Works and the Community Law Centre.

The programme is focused on providing practical advice and information to keep things as stress-free as possible for your children and to help you work out what parenting arrangements will work if or when you separate.

Topics covered include:

  • how separation affects children
  • what children need during separation
  • keeping children away from conflict
  • talking with children about separation
  • talking with ex-partners about arrangements for the children
  • how to make a parenting plan
  • how the Family Court works.

Each programme is made up of two sessions lasting approximately two hours and is run in a small group setting. We have programmes running at a range of times and locations to suit you.

During the sessions you can choose to say as much or as little as you like about your individual situation. However, you can rest assured our experienced programme facilitators make sure each session is welcoming, relaxed, supportive and informative.

While it’s good if both parents/carers attend Parenting through Separation, we strongly recommend you attend separate sessions. Let us know when you register if you have a different family name from your ex-partner, so we can make sure you are not both at the same session.

Download the Parenting through Separation flyer.

Upcoming Parenting through Separation programmes

At Family Works, we have free Parenting through Separation programmes running at a range of times and locations to suit you.

The scheduled upcoming courses are listed below. However, if these times don’t suit you feel free to call us on 0800 FAM WORKS (that’s 0800 326 9675) to discuss an alternative.

 Please note: Due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19, some of the following courses have been postponed until further notice.

Saturday, 23 May, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday, 20 June, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

Upper Hutt:
Monday, 25 May, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm Postponed
Monday, 22 June, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm Postponed
Wednesdays 10 & 17 June 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Mondays 22 & 29 June 6:00 – 8:00 pm


Mondays 11 & 18 May, 6:00 – 8:00 pm Postponed
Mondays, 8 & 15 June, 6:00 – 8:00 pm Postponed

Thursday, 28 May, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm Postponed

Friday, 22 May, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm Postponed

Wednesday, 29 April, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm Postponed
Wednesday, 17 June, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm
Wednesday, 1 July 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

New Plymouth:
Tuesdays, 24 & 31 March, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Please note: all courses are subject to change.


If you’re interested in taking part, or you have a client or loved one who may benefit from the programme, call us on 0800 FAM WORKS or email  to talk to one of our friendly team.