Almost half of the domestic relations cases filed in Midland County are cases where unmarried parents have separated. COPE, Co-Parenting for Everyone, is an education program for separated parents with minor children.
The COPE program is very similar to the SMILE program.
This program will provide some information about the effects of separation and what parents can do to make the separation situation livable.
Both parents are required to attend the COPE program.
The three goals of the COPE program are:
- to provide information to help parents better understand the effects of separation;
- to help parents understand the needs of their children; and
- to promote children's healthy adjustment to separation.
Because each family situation is unique, parents are encouraged to consult other resources available, including psychological services, legal services, support groups, emergency services, court mediation services, conflict resolution and mediation agencies, and books or articles relating to parenting.