Families & Divorce
Programs are available throughout Nebraska to help meet the needs of divorcing families and children and meet the requirements of Parent Act, Ne. Rev. Stat. section 43-2928.
Resources for Divorcing Families
Each year, over thousands of children under the age of 18 are affected by divorce in our area. Research indicates that for many of these children, separation or divorce may leave overwhelming feelings of insecurity, guilt, shame, loneliness and failure. Often, these feelings stay with the child for a lifetime--affecting not only their self-esteem, but also their ability to cope, and handle conflict, peer pressure and anger.
About Co-Parenting for Successful Kids (formerly Parents Forever) developed by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension meets the guidelines of the basic level parenting class for families seeking custody of minor children (Parent Act, Ne. Rev. Stat. section 43-2928).
Co-Parenting for Successful Kids strengthens communication skills that can improve interactions with children and the other parent. This is an unbiased, research-based education class designed to help separating and divorcing parents cope with divorce and custody. Parents learn to answer the children's questions and keep their children safe and out of their conflict.
Parenting Plans for Separating or Divorcing Parents: When parents divorce, they are required to file a parenting plan with the court before the final divorce decree is granted. This NebGuide discusses what a parenting plan encompasses and how this plan can serve the best interests of the child. Learn more
Classes Available in Lancaster & Gage Counties in Nebraska:
Classes Available Statewide in Nebraska:
Convenient Registration for Online Co-Parenting For Successful Kids Class (Approved by Nebraska Supreme Court) Register Now
The goal of Co-Parenting for Successful Kids is to develop respectful, responsive and responsible co-parenting. Offered since 1999, and serving approximately 2,000 parents each year, post-class evaluations for this research-based program are extremely high. Although parents typically don't want to come to a court-mandated class, the majority express their appreciation at the conclusion of the class.
Kids Talk About Divorce (KTAD) is a confidential respectful educational course for children ages 6-18 whose parents are divorcing or seeking custody. It is offered at selected location and is free of charge for parents participating in the Co-Parenting For Successful Kids class held concurrently.
- Stages of grief and loss for children going through divorce
- Issues of developmental ages and stages. Reactions/helpful parental responses
- Things divorced parents say to undermine a child's love and confidence
- Are you alienating your children from the other parent?
- Improving communication: "I" messages - - Active listening.
About C.O.P.E.D.: The Lancaster County Coalition to assist Children of Parents Experiencing Divorce (C.O.P.E.D.) was organized in 1999. It is comprised of community agencies that provide family and parenting education and support. The goal of C.O.P.E.D. is to cooperatively provide education and support to families in order that the effects of divorce on children are minimized.
There are a variety of programs and services available in Lancaster County to meet the needs of divorcing families. Programs are coordinated through the Coalition to ensure services are provided on an on-going basis.
The C.O.P.E.D. coalition is committed to providing quality educational programs to meet the needs of parents and children experiencing divorce and dealing with custody issues. Community organizations offer programs at various times and locations throughout the Lincoln/Lancaster County community. Programs provide education to parents about the impact of divorce on children. Programs also include information on the following and meet the guidelines outlined in the Nebraska Legislative Parenting Act, Statute#43.2901-43.2919:
- Developmental stages of children
- How children adjust to parental separation and divorce
- Dispute resolution and conflict management
- Guidelines for visitation
- Stress reduction in children
- Cooperative parenting
- Developing co-parenting plans
Additional content included in courses are unique to each program. For more information, please refer to the current class schedule listed above and contact the sponsoring organization. You are encouraged to register early for classes particularly if you are in need of financial assistance.
Current C.O.P.E.D. Member Agencies:
- Family Service. Ph. 402-441-7949
- The Mediation Center Ph. 402-441-5740
- Lincoln Medical Education Partnership Ph. 402-488-6511
- Lutheran Family Services Ph. 402-435-2910 (English | Spanish)
- Psychotherapy Associates Ph. 402-475-5069
- Southeast Community College Ph. 402-437-2712
- Southwood Psychotherapy Center Ph. 402-420-2112
- UNL Extension-Lincoln in Lancaster County Ph. 402-441-7180