COPE Classes for Divorcing Parents: Important Info
Parents who are going through a divorce in Nevada are generally required to attend a “COPE” class. The idea behind this requirement is to help divorcing parents:
- Understand and focus on the needs of their children
- Figure out ways to reduce their children’s stress
- Develop ways to work together so that they can successfully co-parent moving forward.
Although parents do not have to take this class together, both will have to complete this course before their divorce case can be wrapped up. In fact, family court judges will typically not sign a final divorce decree until both parents have provided proof of completing the COPE class.
If you will need to complete a COPE class as part of your divorce case, here’s what you should know:
- The class has to be taken at a court-approved provider. Currently, approved providers (in the Las Vegas area)are Family Solutions, Inc., Palo Verde Child & Family Services, Inc., and The Center for Divorce Education. If you are not sure whether a provider is approved by the court, make sure to check before enrolling.
- Certificates of completion from non-court-approved providers will NOT be accepted.
- Classes are generally available in English and Spanish, and they can be taken in person or online.
- COPE classes generally last from 3 to 5 hours, after which participating parents will receive a Certificate of Completion that has to be filed with the court.
- The cost to enroll/attend COPE classes is about $40 per person.
- In some cases, the court may authorize a waiver of the COPE class requirement. For this to occur, there must be “good” cause (and a Request for Waiver of COPE Class must be completed/submitted to the court).
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