Overview

The Travis County Cooperative Parenting Program (CPP) provides a comprehensive nine-hour series of six co-parenting classes which focus on the needs of children and parents in the aftermath of separation or divorce.

Objectives

  • To provide information that helps parents understand the effects of separation/divorce on children.
  • To raise awareness of the need for on-going, meaningful relationships between children and both parents following family break-up.
  • To promote positive co-parenting practices aimed at helping children's healthy adjustment and development during and after family break-up.
  • To promote cooperative, shared parenting between separated, divorced, or never-married parents.

Cooperative Parenting Program classes will be offered on Wednesdays (for Non-Custodial Parents) and Thursdays (for Custodial Parents) from 3:00 PM until 4:30 PM.

****** Participants are encouraged to arrive at least 15 minutes before the class start time. ******

The Cooperative Parenting Program classes are provided at no cost to the participant.

Children are not allowed to attend with their parent.

There will not be any Cooperative Parenting Program classes on Federal holidays or Travis County holidays.


As an alternative (if permitted by the Court) to attending the in-person Travis County Domestic Relations Office “Cooperative Parenting Program Classes”, a Texas Cooperative Parenting Course is offered online in English and in Spanish. The web address is www.TXparent.com. The fee to take the online course is $34.95 per person and may be paid online with a credit card. You will receive a certificate once you complete the course. Contact TXparent.com for more information.


Registration

How to Register:

You may complete and print the registration form online or pick up a form at the Domestic Relations Office. Complete the registration form and drop off or mail to the Domestic Relations Office. Once the application is received, you’ll be contacted by the program facilitator to discuss attendance and answer questions.

Click here to obtain the Registration Form

  • In Person - Applications are also available in our office located at 1010 Lavaca Street, Austin, TX 78701.
    • Hours of Operation: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday
  • By Mail - Mail the completed application to the Domestic Relations Office, P.O. 1495, Austin, TX 78767.

Location of the Classes:

Travis County
Domestic Relations Office
1010 Lavaca
Austin, TX 78701
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Class Schedule:

Click here to see the 2017 Cooperative Parenting Program Class Schedule.

Cooperative Parenting Program: Class Descriptions

The entire series of Cooperative Parenting Program Forums consist of six classes. Each class is 90 minutes long. Classes do not have to be attended in order.

Class #1: Parents, Children and the Involvement of the Court

Examines the involvement of the Court in the life of the parents: Texas Family Code as the basis for decision making and issuing orders; rights and duties of parents as sole or joint conservator and possessory conservator; the “best interest of the child” measure; “mutual agreement’; why two parents do matter in raising children; and financial issues.

Class #2: Positive Co-Parenting

Addresses many of the challenges facing children in "families apart." Parents discuss ways that children are "put in the middle" and exchange strategies for easing children's stress and anxiety.

Class #3: Impact of Divorce and Separation on Child Development

Begins with a look at factors that influence a child’s response to the divorce experience. Then examines the ways children are negatively affected by family break-up and ongoing parental conflict at different stages and ages. Discussions allow parents to share concerns and suggestions with others who have children of similar ages.

Class #4: Communication: Creating a Business-Like Relationship

Focuses on moving from an “intimate” to a “business-like” relationship. Addresses the characteristics of a business relationship; the disengaging process; grieving process; handling memories; and six guidelines for a long-term, business-like relationship with the other parent.

Class #5: Conflict Resolution

Focuses on the elements of communication and how you will either start conflict or aide in stopping it. Addresses use of neutral language; “you” statements; “I” or feeling statements; and child focused language. Closes with communication ground rules and strategies to resolve conflict.

Class #6: Anger Management

Focuses on the question: Is anger serving you or destroying you? Then examines what makes anger last; can another person make us angry; anger triggers, anger awareness; and anger as a shield. Discussions center on the fact that “we are responsible for our own thoughts, feelings and behaviors” and thus have the capability to remain in control no matter the situation. Domestic Violence concerns and assistance is also discussed.