Select Page

Co-Parenting Classes Can Help Divorced Couples Care for their Children on Long Island

by | May 9, 2017 | child custody and support, divorce, divorce lawyer long island ny, divorce mediation, Family Law Attorney, Family Law Lawyer, News and Events

As an experienced divorce lawyer practicing on Long Island, I have seen that many children experience emotional difficulty when learning about and adjusting to their parents’ divorce. Although many of the legal parenting issues can be worked out in divorce mediation and in the divorce or separation agreement, there are often many barriers and challenges that await families once the divorce or separation is finalized.

We understand these challenges and encourages our clients to seek the support they need in order move forward with their lives in a way that is best for the family, and especially for the children. One of the things that we suggest is attending co-parenting classes, even when they are not ordered by a court.

Co-parenting Classes Can Help You Help Your Children 

Divorce Attorney Consultation

As many families struggle to transition with their children into their new lives post-divorce, many parents are learning the benefits of attending co-parenting classes or co-parenting counseling in order to ensure they do their best by their children. In fact, in some states, co-parenting classes are even required by courts for parents who divorce. These co-parenting classes can help parents learn to deal with their own feelings about their divorce and former spouse or partner, and learn how to help their children adapt and thrive in the new family arrangement.

Research has shown that there are increased mental and physical health issues in children of divorce, including depression, anxiety and even substance abuse. The hope is that successful co-parenting will aid in the prevention of these issues. It is no exaggeration to say that parents must learn to communicate, collaborate and actually co-parent with one another for the sake of their children.

Co-parenting Classes Help Parents Put their Children’s Needs First

Co-parenting classes can help parents to put their children’s needs first despite their own difficulty with the divorce. The classes also help to teach communication and conflict resolution skills, and foster a renewed sensitivity to the effect of the divorce on the children. Parents can learn how to better accept responsibility for their own actions and emotions, and how to move forward with the new family dynamics in the best possible light.

Co-Parenting Classes cover a variety of topics, including:

  • The emotional impact of divorce on children
  • The behavioral impact of divorce on children, such as how your child’s behavior might change as a result of the stress.
  • Parenting issues specifically related to specific developmental stages in a child’s life
  • Other indicators of stress in children
  • Managing conflict within the family
  • The development of the Co-Parenting relationship
  • Managing the financial responsibilities of co-parenting
  • Education about family violence and/or domestic abuse
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Available community resources and services

How to Get Your Ex to Participate in Co-Parenting

If the other parent is resistant or refusing to participate, you might remind them of the ways in which the classes can help. They can ultimately reduce your child’s stress, reduce your conflict with the other parent, create a calmer home environment, and reduce the likelihood of emotional and behavioral problems for your child. You might start with the approach of explaining to your former partner that the classes are at the very least worth a try, even if there is just a small chance they will help your child in the long run. Your divorce mediator can also assist you with talking to your former partner about this option, and tips for bringing up the subject. You can also attend parenting classes on your own, which could also bring great benefit to your own stress level as well as your children’s.

Seek Help from an Experienced Long Island Divorce Lawyer and Mediator

The attorneys at the Law Firm of Hornberger Verbitsky, P.C. are aware that divorce can be very difficult for parents and children. Our divorce mediators and divorce lawyers are committed to serving Nassau County and Suffolk County residents going through divorce, and helping them to resolve their conflicts in the most efficient way possible. Contact our office today at 631-923-1910 for a free consultation.

Call 631-923-1910 or fill in the form below

Schedule your complimentary consultation and case evaluation with our experienced attorneys today. When you call, you’ll speak to our friendly Client Services Director, who will be able to answer your general questions and set up your appointment with an attorney who specializes in your unique case.

At your meeting, your attorney will describe the many options available and determine together which is the right solution for you. By the end of this meeting we’ll all understand how we can best help you to move forward.

No Cost or Obligation

There is no cost or obligation for this initial consultation. It is simply an opportunity for us to get to know each other, answer your questions and learn if Hornberger Verbitsky, P.C. is right the right law firm for you. Give us a call at 631-923-1910 or fill in the short form below to schedule your free consultation and case evaluation.

All Fields Are Required

Divorce Lawyer Attorney Long Island NY Courts Open
COVID-19 Assistance
Divorce Lawyer Long Island New York



Ann Masten
Ann Masten
17:48 12 May 20
I am a paralegal in an unrelated field of law. I phoned Hornberger Verbitsky, P.C. today intending to refer a client to their office. Instead (and despite that we are the midst of the present crisis), Mr. Hornberger himself graciously accommodated my questions over the telephone, and was generous with his time and adroit in his response, saving our client a small fortune in unnecessary legal fees. I have not had any similar experience, in which counsel was so generous with his expertise, in 22+ years of interacting with prominent, local attorneys, and the client is overjoyed. Based on this experience, I would now whole -heartedly recommend this firm as trusted professionals to any client requiring a firm expert in family law and related legal issues.
Everett Roberts
Everett Roberts
14:30 18 Mar 20
Going through a divorce was very challenging and emotional. Searching for an attorney can be challenging as well when you consider everything that is at stake. The choice I made to work with Rob Hornberger was surely the best choice available. His professionalism, expertise, and understanding made him and the entire team perfectly suited to achieve the outcomes I desired. Rob was always available to answer my questions and give me advice and legal considerations that affected my situation. The support I received from his staff was exemplary as well. The staff was courteous, kind, and also very professional. Thank you so much Rob and team for a worry free experience.
Annemarie Cusumano
Annemarie Cusumano
21:41 17 Mar 20
Being in family court especially when your children are on the line is extremely emotional and stressful but working with Robert and Christine put me at ease and made the process as pleasant as a situation like that can be. I have a now 3 year old daughter (who is the most important person in my life) and I've been working with them for over two years since my daughter was 7 months old, the case has been up and down and through it all Rob and Christine have never given up. My original case was due to a neglect charge. Cps is not easy to work with, but Rob and Christine were vigilant and I ended up getting my daughter back within 8 months and did not have to plead guilty to the neglect. Currently I am in family court to figure out a custody agreement. They are professional, empathetic, and patient. They have always explained everything thoroughly, informed me of all my options and advised me of what my best option would be. They always respond quickly when I contact them with questions or concerns and most importantly they fight for me in court and don't give up even when things get rough. Before hiring Rob and Christine I met with other attorneys who did not make me feel confident or comfortable at all about my case, so I am very grateful to have found Rob and Christine and to be represented by such great attorneys. I highly recommend them for any family court matters and will definitely continue to use them in the future if needed.
Steven Frierman
Steven Frierman
02:25 07 Mar 20
After meeting with 3 different lawyers, we felt Robert understood us best and he genuinely had our best interests at heart. This helped us resolve a few minor issues in a timely fashion and make a potentially stressful situation go more smoothly.Thank you
Randi Gottlieb
Randi Gottlieb
18:47 03 Mar 20
Hornberger Verbitsky, P.C. - Mr. Robert Hornberger and his staff are beyond professional, they quickly gave me my consultation appointment, and helped me with an after-Divorce issue. Mr. Hornberger was empathetic and explained to me what I should expect. Mr. Hornberger was extremely professional and advised me of my options, he helped me proceed with accurate and smart decisions. I wish I had Mr. Hornberger and his highly recommended staff when I was getting divorced. I would highly recommend Robert and his staff to anyone who is getting a divorce or in need of help with situations after the divorce!


  • I have known Robert for more than 8 eight years. Robert has represented many of my family and friends. Each and every one has raved about Robert’s professionalism and expertise. He is knowledgable, friendly and truly cares about his clients. I would not hesitate to continue to refer Robert and his firm in the future!
  • I’ve known Robert for most of my life, and feel very fortunate that I have been able to turn to a good friend for various kinds of legal advice. He is very intelligent, straight forward, and professional. Most importantly though, Robert always finds the fastest resolution, and will not waste your time or money. He is NOT in the habit of dragging things through litigation if there is no need for the added expense. I have referred a few of my friends to Robert, and they have all been more than satisfied in their experience with him. Highly recommend!!



divorce questions answered



Long Island Divorce Guide

* indicates required


Robert E. Hornberger, Esq., P.C. respects your right to privacy. We will never sell your information to any third party. Follow this link to read our full privacy policy.


Child Support & Spousal Maintenance Tools
Spousal Maintenance Calculator
Child Support Calculator

Pin It on Pinterest