Court-approved Parenting Education Classes for Divorcing Adults in Massachusetts

Parents Apart and For the Sake of the Children are both five-hour, court-approved classes for parents who are getting divorced in Massachusetts.

  Robin L. Zucker, facilitator

Where are your classes held?
Our Classes are held monthly in Cambridge, Brookline and Sandwich, MA.Our classes in Cambridge are held at Cambridge College (1000 Mass Ave in Central Square; our classes in Brookline are held at Brookline Police HQ, (350 Washington St., Brookline Village); our classes in Sandwich are held at the Sandwich Public Library (142 Main St., Sandwich)

What Will I Learn?
Our classes are specifically designed to:

  • Teach the skills needed to be effective co-parents after divorce.
  • Assist parents in understanding their own divorce experience
  • Provide an overview of children's reactions to divorce
  • Educate parents as to the developmental needs of children, especially around divorce
  • Train parents to help children cope with divorce and minimize their trauma

What Topics Are Covered?

  • Loss, grief, and healing
  • Effective parent-child communication
  • Process of divorce
  • Developmental stages of children
  • Resources for parents and children
  • Identifying problem areas

Who Are Your Trainers?
The group leaders are highly regarded mental health professionals who are specifically trained to present this material. All of the trainers are devoted helping families cope with to issues related to divorce.
Robin L. Zucker, MDiv, is the lead teacher for our courses. She is the Director of Divorce Without Destruction, a practice which offers ways to stop the divorce battle and start rebuilding your life. Our services help you achieve a fair process and a peaceful parting, and include counseling, mediation (including parenting plans), divorce coaching, and seminars. Sessions in person or from anywhere by phone or Skype. Learn more at

Class Details:

Length: This course consists of two sessions (2 ½ hours each) totaling five hours. You MUST attend both sessions to receive a certificate of completion for your court file. NOTE: Parents CANNOT attend the same class. Children are not permitted in class.

What does it cost?
The fee is set by the court at $80, payable in cash or by money order ONLY at the door (no personal checks accepted). Tuition Waivers are sometimes available from the court, if you qualify. You must pay $5 in tuition (cash) with a waiver.

For the entire 2015 schedule of classes in Brookline, Sandwich, and Cambridge, please go to You can register on-line.

How to register for Brookline, Sandwich and Cambridge classes:
The most efficient way to register is online at our website (
To register you, we need to know: the class you wish to attend, your name, address, phone number and the name of the other parents for our records. We will send you a confirmation letter with complete information.

PHONE: To register by phone, call The Center for Families in Transition at 857-373-9011. Please spell your name and address for us.

EMAIL: To register by email send information (class requested, name, address, phone) to:

WALK-IN DAY OF FIRST CLASS: Walk in registrations are accepted (space permitting). Cash and money order only.