Parenting Education

Parenting Education Seminars
Class meets every third Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. You must pre-register before you can attend the class. For information, call 757-569-6050.

Curriculum: Parenting & Divorce – A Guide for Married & Un-Married Parents

Course covers these important topics

  • What does your child experience when you as a parent fail to communicate?
  • Do you know how to tell your children what is happening in language your kids will understand and accept?
  • Do you know why you should never use your children in an effort to resolve a conflict with the other parent?
  • Do you know how your new relationships affect your children?

Mandated Parent Education Seminar
Virginia Code Sections 16.1-278.15 and 20-103, as amended, state that the parties to any petition where a child whose custody, visitation or support is contested shall show proof that they have attended within the 12 months prior to their court appearance or that they shall attend within 45 days thereafter an educational seminar or other like program conducted by a qualified person or organization approved by the court.  The court may require the parties to attend such seminar or program in uncontested cases only if the court finds good cause.  The seminar or other program shall be a minimum of 4 hours in length and shall address the effects of separation or divorce on children, parenting responsibilities, options for conflict resolution and financial responsibilities.  Once a party has completed one educational seminar or other like program, the required completion of additional programs shall be at the court’s discretion. Parties under this section shall include natural or adoptive parents of the child, or any person with a legitimate interest as defined in Section 20-124.1.

Virginia’s Judicial System:


Mandated Parent Education Seminars
Understanding the Virginia Code Requirements: Sections 16.1-278.15 and 20-103

How to Register for Workforce Class (follow instructions for Non-credit Course)

For additional information or questions, call the Workforce Office at 757.569.6050 or send an email to