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, and in Wellington CBD. - Courses in Masterton will run on an 'as needed" basis. Please email [email protected] with any enquiries.

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.

September 2020
Wellington Saturday 26th 10 a.m. - 2.30 p.m.
October 2020
Lower Hutt Saturday 3rd 10 a.m. - 2.30 p.m.
Kapiti Saturday 3rd 10 a.m. - 2.30 p.m.
Kapiti Thurs. 15th & Thurs. 22nd 6.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m.
Wellington Saturday 17th 10 a.m. - 2.30 p.m.
November 2020 .
Lower Hutt Saturday 7th 10 a.m. - 2.30 p.m.
Kapiti Saturday 14th 10 a.m.-  2.30 p.m.
Wellington Saturday 14th 10 a.m.-  2.30 p.m.
Porirua Saturday 20th 10 a.m. - 2.30 p.m.
December 2020
Lower Hutt Saturday 5th 10 a.m. -  2.30 p.m.
Wellington Tues. 8th & Tues. 15th 6.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m.
Porirua Friday 11th 10 a.m. - 2.30 p.m.
Kapiti Saturday 12th 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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