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Home Court ProgramsNavigating Family Change Parenting Seminar (En espanol)

Navigating Family Change Parenting Seminar (En espanol)

Please be advised due to the nature of COVID19, and the potential infection of those who are required to appear in our courts and interact with large groups, THE PARENTING CLASSES WILL BE OFFERED VIRTUALLY VIA ZOOM, FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE. Please continue to monitor this website for any new information affecting this class.


75 Langley Drive
Lawrenceville, Georgia 30046-6900
Phone: 770-822-8195
Fax: 770-822-8588
E-Mail: Abbey Galviz

The Navigating Family Change: Parenting seminar is a four-hour education seminar required of specific domestic actions involving a child or children under 18 years of age where the parties are involved in a separate maintenance, paternity, change of custody, visitation, legitimation, divorce, and any other domestic action, excluding contempt, and generally, domestic violence. The program shall be successfully completed within 31 days of service of the original complaint upon the original defendant. Appropriate action, including but not limited to contempt, may be taken upon a party's failure to successfully complete the seminar. Parties are not required to view the seminar together. Children should not view the seminar. Pre-registration is required.

Below are comments collected from exit surveys of attendees:

  • "I really didn't feel I needed this because of the ages of my kids, boy was I wrong. Great instructors and great information."

  • "What exceptional instructors; they delivered this complicated material with a perfect blend of humor, support and information. Thank you for making this the best experience I have had to date in the court system."

  • "I learned how to deal more with parenting, regardless of how the other parent behaves, understanding the kid's personal feelings, not the parent's feelings."

  • "Very eye-opening; this has been difficult to navigate, and this course really helped me comprehend what is important regarding the kids."

  • "I am very happy that I attended. It exceeded my expectations; didn't understand why I needed the class, and didn't want to attend until I got here. I learned a lot and am grateful. It is wise that this class has become a mandatory part of the divorce."

Program Content

The seminar focuses on the developmental needs of children, with emphasis on fostering the child's emotional health during periods of stress. The program is informative, supportive, and directs people desiring additional information or help to appropriate resources. The course content includes:

  • Responding to Children -- how to talk to them to assist in their emotional adjustment to parental separation; and so they can stay out of the parental conflict, preserve their self-esteem, and simply be children
  • Leaver/Leavee -- the emotional impact on each parent after separation and how it affects the children
  • Grief Process -- how to recognize the stages of grief in self and family members; and how to respond to family members in the different grief stages
  • Co-Parenting -- the importance of approaching co-parenting realistically and setting appropriate boundaries to minimize conflict
  • Parenting Plan Basics -- the importance of a clear and detailed plan and how to incorporate elements to best execute a cooperative or parallel co-parenting style
  • Child Development -- considering the above subjects given the various stages of child development


Seminar Dates and Times

Please note seminars are usually booked to capacity several days prior to the date. It is best to register as soon as possible.

All seminars will be offered virtually. The seminars begin promptly at the times scheduled. Participants will not be allowed to sign on late, they will be required to reschedule. The dates and times are listed below. If the month you are inquiring about is not listed here, call 770-822-8195.

  • Thursday, October 29, 2020 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

  • Thursday, November 5, 2020 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

  • Thursday, November 12, 2020 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

  • Friday, November 13, 2020 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

  • Thursday, November 19, 2020 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

  • Thursday, December 3, 2020 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

  • Thursday, December 10, 2020 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

  • Friday, December 11, 2020 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

  • Thursday, December 17, 2020 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

In order to accommodate the schedules of all parties the seminar is offered four times monthly; including three weekday sessions and one evening session.



Please note seminars are usually booked to capacity several days prior to the date. It is best to register as soon as possible.

Registration must be received prior to the day of the seminar. Payment is $40.00 per person. No refunds will be given. All parties shall view the seminar selected by them without further notification from the court. You may call or email our office to confirm receipt.

Please fill out the form entirely. If you have filed your case in another county or state, please indicate the county and state in the space provided.

Methods of Submitting the Registration Form:

  1. Register Online
  2. Fax: 770-822-8588
  3. Phone: 770-822-8195
  4. Mail to the address on the registration form.
  5. Hand deliver to the 3rd Floor, Administrative Office of the Courts (East Wing, Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center)

Please sign on 15 minutes early for the workshop to ensure connection and address any technical needs.



Each seminar is conducted by a male/female team of masters level professionals trained in mental health services.



A fee of $40.00 per person is required and is used to cover all costs of the program including the presenter's fees, workbooks, applications, and program administration. Payment is accepted online in the form of credit card or debit card. A fee waiver is available for parties having filed under a pauper's affidavit, carrying a current Medicare/Medicaid card, or falling under the indigent guidelines as set by the state. If you believe you qualify, provide a copy of your pauper's affidavit, Medicare/Medicaid card or call for a fee waiver application. If you are unable to view the seminar for which you registered, you may reschedule for another date. No Refunds Available.



Each participant will complete an evaluation of the seminar, indicating their individual assessment of the value of the seminar and any suggestions for future seminars.



Certificates will be issued at the conclusion of the four-hour session. If the case was filed in Gwinnett County, the court will provide a copy of the certificate to the participant and the original certificate will be kept on file with the court. If the case was not filed or was filed in a different county or state, the court will provide the participant with the original certificate which they will be responsible for filing in the appropriate county.