Purpose of Nevada’s Requirement for COPE Classes
COPE classes are court-required parenting courses that are intended to help separating parents support their children during divorce. Focused on mitigating the impacts divorce may have on children, COPE classes inform divorcing parents how to:
- Concentrate on their child’s (or children’s) needs during and after divorce
- Figure out ways to reduce children’s stress in divorce
- Work with an ex for the benefit of the children
- Maintain and enhance a healthy parent-child relationship through divorce.
Delving into more details about COPE classes, below, we will answer some commonly asked questions about these courses so parents are informed and can take action to fulfill this Nevada divorce requirement.
A: COPE classes last anywhere from 3 to 5 hours, depending on whether people take these courses in person (at a court-approved provider) or online (via an approved provider). At the end of this session, parents will earn a Certificate of Completion to file with the family court.
A: In general, the cost of enrolling in COPE courses is around $40 per person. However, the specific costs can vary from provider to provider, and there may be fee waivers available in some cases (for those who qualify).
A: At any court-approved COPE class provider. As of October 2015, some of the court-approved providers for COPE classes include:
Additionally, it’s important to be aware that:
- There may be other court-approved providers.
- You should double check if a provider is court approved before enrolling in/completing a course.
- The court will NOT accept a certificate from a non-approved provider.
- Parents do NOT have to attend COPE classes together.
A: The court will not finalize a divorce decree until both parents have presented certificates of completion for COPE classes. So, if even one parent fails to complete this requirement, their divorce will not be finalized until that parent completes the course.