Apr 7, 2013 | Co-Parenting, Divorce


When couples divorce, staying as far away from each other is often an (unrealistic) expectation that each tends to have. This may be a healthy option for many couples. However, when there are children involved, this idea is nearly impossible. According to local ordinance, co-parenting classes are required to be taken by all divorcing couples with children under the age of 18. In Winnebago County specifically, parents are ordered to attend P.A.C.T. classes with Rockford family counselor Eileen McCarten. P.A.C.T. (Parents And Children Together) is a four hour class taken by both parents in which they learn the effects of divorce on children, and also how to help children cope with this life change. The conflict that inevitably arises as a result of a divorce has many direct and indirect effects on children, and the following provide just a few reasons why P.A.C.T. classes should be taken.

It’s required. If a judge court orders that you take this counseling class, you absolutely must take the class. Failing to do so will have many adverse effects as far as your parental and custodial rights are concerned. In the Winnebago County jurisdiction, co-parenting classes are an inescapable requirement.

It makes you look good. Parents who are ordered to take P.A.C.T. classes would be best advised to view these classes not only as a responsibility, but as a chance to prove to the judge your fitness as a parent. In the battle for custody, a parent should take every opportunity to demonstrate that he/she is willing to cooperate with the court system. Additionally, attending P.A.C.T. classes demonstrates a willingness to learn how to effectively communicate w/ one’s ex–an important skill to develop as you begin a life of co-parenting with an ex spouse.

It’s in the child’s best interest. While attending P.A.C.T. classes benefit the parents in terms of how to co-parent effectively, the ultimate goal of these classes is to benefit the child. Parents who know how to communicate with each other, and have the tools to jointly make decisions about the child, are able to foster a functional and healthy environment for the child. Therefore, participating in co-parenting classes such as P.A.C.T. in Rockford, IL is always in the best interest of the child.

For more information on your options regarding child custody and co-parenting classes such as P.A.C.T. please feel free to contact The Law Office of Bradley R. Tengler in Rockford, IL at 815-981-4859 for a free consultation. Further information about Eileen McCarten’s co-parenting classes can be found by visiting their website at Please note, the above does not constitute legal advice. Please discuss your specific rights with an attorney in your own jurisdiction.