Co-Parenting Education Classes for Spanish Speakers

Virginia Code

According to Virginia Code Section 16.1-278.15 and 20-103, all parents involved in contested child custody or visitation cases must attend a parenting class or seminar.

Link to Virginia Court site

Class Info

  • First Saturday of Each Month.

All atendees who complete the required FOUR hours of training will receive a Certificate of Completion and a copy of the book Co-Parenting: Two Parents, Two Homes.

Costs are $50.00 per parent.

The instructor is a native Spanish speaking and bilingual Spanish/ English professional trained in the fields of peer counseling, family issues, and child development with experience in divorce and separation, facilitating groups, and teaching adults.

The instructor is a court approved Parent Education Seminar Provider.

Training is normally held in Chesterfield and Richmond.

Other locations in Central Virginia may be arranged for your convenience.


Authorized to Provide Classes for the Following Courts:

  • Brunswick: J&DR Court
  • Caroline: J&DR Court
  • Charles City: CC and J&DR Courts
  • Charlottesville: CC and J&DR Courts
  • Chesterfield: CC and J&DR Courts
  • Dinwiddie: CC Court
  • Emporia: J&DR Court
  • Fluvanna: CC and J&DR Courts
  • Fredericksburg: CC and J&DR Courts
  • Goochland: CC and J&DR Courts
  • Greensville: J&DR Court
  • Hanover: CC and J&DR Courts
  • Henrico: CC Court
  • Hopewell: CC and J&DR Courts
  • King William: CC and J&DR Courts
  • Louisa: CC and J&DR Courts
  • New Kent: CC and J&DR Courts
  • Orange: J&DR Court
  • Petersburg: CC and J&DR Court
  • Prince George: CC and J&DR Courts
  • Richmond: CC and J&DR Court
  • Spotsylvania: CC and J&DR Court
  • Surry: CC Court and J&DR Courts
  • Sussex: CC Court and J&DR Courts
  • Williamsburg/James City : CC and J&DR Courts

CC = Circuit Court
J&DR = Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court

Your Child's Rights

The right to love and be loved by both of your parents without feeling guilt or disapproval.

The right to be protected from your parents' anger with each other.

The right to be kept out of the middle of your parents’ conflict; including the right not to pick sides, carry messages, or hear complaints about the other parent.

The right not to have to choose one of your parents over the other. The right not to have to be responsible for the burden of either of your parents' emotional problems.

The right to know well in advance about important changes that will affect your life; for example, when one of your parents is going to move or get remarried.

The right to reasonable financial support.

The right to have feelings, to express your feelings, and to have both parents listen to how you feel.

The right to have a life that is as close as possible to what it would have been if your parents stayed together.

The right to be a kid, to not need to be protector or “take care of” their parents.

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Co-Parenting: Two Parents, Two Homes

This four-hour class is designed for parents who are negotiating custody, visitation, and child support. It assists parents in focusing on the responsibilities of parenting from separate households. Training is conducted entirely in Spanish. A certificate is provided upon completion of all sessions.

Training Topics:

  • Effects of Separation or Divorce on Children
  • Parenting Responsibilities
  • Options for Conflict Resolution
  • Financial Responsibilities

Course Objectives:

  • To teach parenting skills in order to increase the effectiveness of parenting from two homes.
  • To make parents aware of the impact of parental conflict on the children.
  • To assist parents in keeping children out of the middle of conflicts.
  • To help parents identify and meet the needs of their children.
  • To encourage positive involvement of both parents in the lives of their children.
  • To provide information about the range, availability, and means to evaluate community resources.
  • To enable parents to develop a personal action plan related to their co-parenting.

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Spare the Child

Giving parents a compass for navigating family dissolution, Spare the Child guides parents and families through the difficult and often overwhelming task of restructuring a family. The documentary-style, conversational video uses everyday language and gives examples from experienced interviewees. Judges, lawyers, guardians ad litem, counselors, teachers, and children of divorce relate their experiences and observations to guide families who are currently in the process of family restructuring.

Spare the Child video was developed by the Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar with a generous grant from The Virginia Law Foundation.