The ministry of justice provides a free course for parents who are separating, called the ‘Parenting after Separation Course’ (PAS). This course is designed to help you learn ways to co-parent and deal with the new changes of separation. Although it is helpful, keep in mind that attending PAS and/or meeting with a Family Judicial Counsellor (FJC) is a step that is not necessary for every application. If you don’t have children, this will not apply to you.
PAS is a course designed to help parents deal with the difficulties of co-parenting after separation. It gives you tools and practical tips on how to communicate with your former spouse and how to focus on the best interests of the children. It helps parents make decisions that are in the best interests of the children. The program is very useful to take, and you should seriously consider taking the course even if it isn't required in your court registry. The program is available online.
After you attend PAS, you must file the Parenting after Separation Certificate of Attendance at the registry. You can apply to postpone a mandatory Parenting After Separation course in urgent situations. You don't have to attend PAS if you:
If one of these situations applies to you, go to your court registry and ask for the exemption form. You can fill this out and submit it instead of the certificate of attendance.