Do I have to take Parenting After Separation?

If you are required to take a Parenting After Separation session, court staff will schedule a Provincial Court appearance only after you or your former spouse has filed a certificate of attendance. Both you and your former spouse must attend a Parenting After Separation session before your first court appearance.

In some cases you are automatically exempted from the requirement to attend a Parenting After Separation session. For example, if:

  • You have attended a Parenting After Separation session within the past two years, or
  • You and your spouse are filing a consent order
  • Your safety or the safety of your children is at risk
  • You have also applied for a protection order
  • You have a serious health problem, or
  • You live in an area where the course isn't offered and you don't have access to the Internet to take the online course

Exemption forms and additional information are available from your local Provincial Court or Family Justice Centre location.