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FCS – Parenting Apart

Tennessee has one of the highest divorce rates in the U.S. Because divorce is so common, it may seem like adjustment to divorce has become easier for everyone involved. In reality, divorce is hard for all family members, especially children. Because of concerns about the negative impact of divorce on children, the Tennessee State Legislature passed a law requiring divorcing parents of minor children to attend a parent education program.

The University of Tennessee Extension has developed a four-hour program, “Parenting Apart: Effective Co-Parenting,” to help divorcing parents learn how to help their children cope with the issues that arise because of the parents’ divorce. Classes include group discussion, the viewing of videos, and lectures. Each participant will receive a booklet about parenting through divorce and a list of local resources. Classes are taught by Extension Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) agents.

Parenting Apart: Effective Co-Parenting Schedule

Fee: $45.00 (effective Jan. 11, 2021)
Register and pay online in our AG Store
Mail application with payment to:
UT Extension Sequatchie County
170 Church Street
Dunlap, TN 37327
Make check or money order payable to the University of Tennessee​

For More Information Contact:
Kimberly R. Davis
Ext Agent I
Phone: 423-949-2611
Email: kimdavis@utk.edu

The following topics are covered in the program:

  • Facts about divorce
  • The processes of divorce and mediation
  • Domestic violence and divorce
  • Dealing with stress
  • How children react to divorce
  • Positive communication skills
  • Helping children get through a divorce
  • Keeping children out of the middle of conflicts
  • The family after a divorce