Session Law 1999-237 House Bill 168 Section 17.16 authorized the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts (NCAOC) to establish an educational program for parents who are parties to a custody or visitation action and to administer any parent education though family court programs that were established by Section 25 of Session Law 1998-202.
Parent education programs make divorcing parents or parents living in separate homes aware of the needs of their children during and after the divorce process and when children are parented in separate homes. Court-sponsored parent education programs incorporate a video entitled The Most Important Job (Spanish version) that provides guidance for parents from professionals as well as from the child's perspective.
The most common models for parent education in North Carolina are:
- A free booklet and 45-minute online presentation which provides guidance for parents from professionals as well as from the child’s perspective – SEE BELOW;
- A one-hour parent information session presented in-person by family court staff following the custody mediation orientation session; or
- A four-hour parent education class taught by local professionals from the community who have been selected by local district court leadership to provide this service.
Family court districts provide this type of education locally according to their local rules. Non-family court district courts may also offer parent education according to their own local rules.
North Carolina Parent Education Program
Please complete the following three steps:
- PRINT or SAVE an electronic copy of The Most Important Job: Parenting Information for Families Living Apart (North Carolina Parent Education Handbook) (English and Spanish versions)
Companion handbook to use and reference while you watch the Parent Education Presentation.
- WATCH the Parent Education Presentation
(Parent Education Presentation transcript)
This presentation provides guidance for parents from professionals as well as from the child's perspective.
- SUBMIT this brief verification form to confirm that you have seen the booklet and participated in the Parent Education Presentation.