Fathering during and after divorce or separation – you’re not alone.
Why Join A Peer Group?
Everyone needs support when things get tough; some dads feel isolated and need to connect with other fathers; some need information or new tools; and others simply need to share a laugh with like-minded dads.
The idea is for fathers to have a space where they can share experiences, challenges and information with other dads. It provides opportunities for brainstorming, problem-solving and developing effective ways of dealing with post-separation.
Do I need to come to every group session?
While we welcome attendance at any session, we recommend that you attend as many sessions as possible to maximize support and build a solid foundation for your post-separation life. There will also be guest speakers and a Holiday Party!
As our space is limited, we do want you to RSVP by sending a quick email to email@example.com or calling our toll-free at 877-297-3312.
What is the format?
Each week, the group will be led by a peer dad, through a variety of topics. The dad has professional and personal experience with divorce, and is committed to supporting other fathers.
To accommodate diverse topics as those arise, we will not follow a strict curriculum. We will, however, attempt to cover the following discussions:
- Effects of divorce on children and adults
- Being a successful dad
- Coping with divorce or separation
- Having a quality relationship with children
- Making co-parenting work
- Ask a Lawyer: Legal Issues (guest speaker)
- Avoiding or de-escalating conflict
- Parenting Skills and Strategies
- Benefits of fathering to children
- When co-parenting is not successful
- Complications of re-partnering or new relationships
- Controlling emotions
- Taking the high road for the sake of the children
- Behaviours to avoid
- Coping with a new stepfather
- Ask a dad who’s been there: A dad’s 10-year legal battle (guest speaker)
- Behaviours that have been shown to create positive outcomes
- Communication and working as a team
- Working through the loss of marriage
- Talking to children about divorce or separation
- Ask a Divorce Financial Expert: Financial Issues (guest speaker)
- The benefits of divorce and formulating appropriate supports
- Creating an effective parenting plan
- How to handle holidays
- Managing conflict within the co-parenting relationship
- Holiday Party
Because men need support too
Thursdays from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
From May 24 to November 15, 2018
at Ajax Public Library
Focusing on divorce options, in-and-out of court.
These sessions are conducted by a family lawyer and provide a general overview of the areas of law that are relevant to separation and divorce, such as the different rights for married couples versus couples who are not married but live together, the law regarding spousal support, child support and support enforcement.
Our dedicated group recognizes that without knowledge – without first having legal information, on the effects of separation and divorce on adults and children; alternatives to litigation; family law issues; the family court system and local resources and programs, people are committed to a system that they never have wanted in the first place.
For full schedule & to register, please see below which locations are convenient.
Pickering Library Central – monthly sessions ( check schedule)
Customized Divorce Information Session (by appointment only)
“…adversarial family law system “appeared to encourage couples to become adversaries to a greater degree than they already are….to aggravate relations with the spouse…and to upset and humiliate people” (pp.214-215).” (Ellis, 2014)
The Family Mediation Resource Centre (FMRC) is proud to announce we have received an Ontario Arts Council (OAC) grant to deliver an Artists In the Community project entitled Discovering Stories in Durham.
Taking place between April and December 2017, Discovering Stories in Durham will be a series of free workshops open to the diverse communities in the Durham Region. This is an opportunity to collaborate with artists and other communities in Durham Region by telling your stories through art and performance. As a community project, we want to be as inclusive and accessible as possible.
In addition to building a sense of community, we believe that community arts projects can also stimulate social action by bringing attention to social issues in a way that can help evoke creative solutions for solving problems.
Using fun-filled games and exercises, along with music, movement and visual arts, ideas will be shared during the workshops. With permission from the participants, we’ll save/record/keep track of your ideas to discover the most effective artistic discipline(s) for community members tell their stories in a possible public presentation in 2018.
If you are a Durham organization who wants to participate in this project, we would like to hear from you! Please email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call toll-free 877-297-3312
The Family Mediation Resource Centre will be holding regular workshops to keep our community informed about important family mediation topics.
To view our upcoming workshops and register, head over to the workshops page.