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Parenting through Separation

Family Works 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 you child’s other parent or carer about arrangements for the children
  • how to make a parenting plan
  • how the Family Justice system works.

Each programme is run in a small group setting. 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.

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Click here to download the Parenting through Separation poster or email us to order printed copies.



Upcoming Parenting through Separation programmes

At Family Works we have 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.


Tawa: 6pm to 8pm, Thursday 3 & 10 May 2018
Tawa: 6pm to 8pm, Thursdays 7 & 14 June 2018

Wellington: 9.30am to 2pm, Saturday 12 May 2018
Wellington: 9.30am to 2pm, Saturday 23 June 2018


Hutt Valley

Upper Hutt: 9.30am to 2pm, Saturday 5 May 2018
Upper Hutt: 9.30am to 2pm, Saturday 2 June 2018
Upper Hutt: 9.30am to 2pm, Saturday 16 June 2018

Wainuiomata: 9.30 am to 2pm, Friday 18 May 2018



Paraparaumu: 9.30 am to 2pm, Thursday 17 May 2018



Featherston: 9.30am to 2pm, Saturday 19 May 2018

Masterton: 9.30 am to 2pm, Friday 22 June 2018



New Plymouth: 6pm to 8pm, Tuesdays 1 and 8 May 2018
New Plymouth: 9.30am to 2pm, Tuesday 15 May 2018
New Plymouth, 9am to 1.30pm, Saturday 19 May 2018
New Plymouth: 9.30am to 11.30am, Fridays 8 and 15 June 2018
New Plymouth: 9am to 1.30pm, Friday 23 June 2018

Stratford: 9.30am to 2pm, Monday 18 June 2018

Please note: all courses are subject to change.


For more information, or to register, call us on 0800 FAM WORKS (that’s 0800 326 9675) or email