Parenting Through Separation (PTS)

Parenting Through Separation is a free information course for individual parents who have separated or who are contemplating separation


The course is funded by the Ministry of Justice, and is designed to help parents understand and manage the effects of separation on their children, and how to put their children’s needs first.

The small group course creates a safe space that allows parents to share their experiences with other people in a similar situation, in a supportive and confidential environment.

Participants receive information and resources covering strategies for co-parenting with their ex-partner or other carer. Reaching agreement through a parenting plan, and how to navigate the Family Justice System are also part of this course.

Skylight runs courses in Kāpiti, Lower Hutt, Porirua, Masterton, and Wellington CBD.

Upcoming course dates

Please note course dates may be subject to minor change. The course length is four hours, and Saturday sessions have an extra half hour for a lunch break. Evening sessions are held across two weeks.

Location Date Time
October 2019
Lower Hutt Saturday 5th 10 a.m. - 2.30 p.m.
Masterton Saturday 26th 10 a.m. - 2.30 p.m.
Wellington Saturday 19th 10 a.m. - 2.30 p.m.
Kapiti Wednesdays 23rd & 30th 6.30pm - 8.30pm
November 2019
Lower Hutt Saturday 2nd 10 a.m. - 2.30 p.m.
Wellington Saturday 9th 10 a.m. - 2.30 p.m.
Porirua Friday 15th 10 a.m. 2.30 p.m.
Masterton Tuesdays 19th & 26th 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Kapiti Saturday 23rd 10 a.m. - 2.30 p.m.
December 2019
Lower Hutt Saturday 7th 10 a.m. - 2.30 p.m. 
Wellington Tuesdays 2nd & 9th 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Porirua Friday 13th 10 a.m. - 2.30 p.m. 


To enrol or find out more, please contact us.

For more information

For more information on the Ministry of Justice Parenting Through Separation Course, and for resources such as course packs and helpful information for parents, visit the Ministry of Justice website.

If you would like information about Family Dispute Resolution, contact Skylight's partner Fairway Resolution, 0800 77 44 20 or by email at [email protected]

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