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

March 2020
Kapiti Saturday 28th Cancelled

April 2020
Porirua Friday 3rd Cancelled
Lower Hutt Saturday 4th Cancelled
Kapiti Wednesday 15th & 22nd Cancelled
Wellington  Saturday 18th Cancelled

May 2020
Lower Hutt Saturday 2nd yet to be confirmed
Wellington  Tuesdays 12th & 19th yet to be confirmed
Porirua Friday 15th yet to be confirmed
Masterton Saturday 23rd yet to be confirmed

June 2020
Lower Hutt Saturday 6th yet to be confirmed
Kapiti Saturday 13th yet to be confirmed.
Porirua Saturday 19th yet to be confirmed
Wellington  Saturday 27th yet to be confirmed


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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