University of Vermont

Cultivating Healthy Communities

Separation and Divorce

The process of divorce and other family changes are difficult for both children and adults. How the parents handle the changes makes a big difference for everyone, especially the children. To ease these changes to the family unit, Vermont judges require parents of minors who are involved in divorce, establishment of parentage, legal separation, dissolution of civil unions, and changes in parental rights and responsibilities to attend the four-hour COPE Seminar.

Coping with Separation and Divorce: A Parenting Seminar (COPE)

The COPE seminar focuses on children's needs and teaches parenting skills to support parents in lessening the impact of changes on their children. UVM Extension provides training and materials to professionals throughout the state to conduct the classes at local Courts. COPE is a collaborative program of UVM Extension and the Vermont Superior Court: Family Division.

Topics include

  • How families experience divorce and other family transitions.
  • Typical reactions of children.
  • Development needs of children.
  • Skills that help children cope.
  • Pitfalls to avoid.
More information
  • Registration
  • Schedule - View seminar schedule as a Weekly Listing OR a Monthly Calendar Grid
  • Parent Handbook - 3MB, revised June 2012, 56 pages; contents:
    • Part 1 - Understanding the family changes from your child's point of view
    • Part 2 - Communicating with your child and with your child's other parent
    • Part 3 - Restructuring your family
    • Part 4 - Resources for you
    • Part 5 - Appendix: Children's Activities (revised March 2012)
  • Parenting Plans Assistance A resource site hosted by Robert E. Emery, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Children, Families, and the Law at the University of Virginia
Resources for parents
  • - An easy to use family management site to share calendars, track information, and store documents.
  • Parenting 24/7 - University of Illinois Cooperative Extension
  • KidsHealth - Information for parents, kids and teens from the Nemours non-profit children's health system
Resources for children

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