We receive support from the US Department of Health and Human Services as well as the Fairfax County Consolidated Community Funding Pool to deliver this two-part program. Residents with an open case with the Division of Child Support Enforcement are referred to the program by Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Court. The first phase of the program is the four-hour co-parenting seminar and the second is mediation between co-parents to review and adjust child support.
The goals of the program are to ensure that the co-parenting focus is on the needs of children involved in each case and for parents to participate in mediation to increase communication during the child support revision and adjustment process.
Co-Parenting Class: Two Parents, Two Homes
Topics covered include:
- The challenges of parenting from separate homes
- The challenges this poses for your child
- How to be more involved in your child’s life
- How to improve communication between you and your child’s other parent
- The many ways to communicate with your child
- Ways to prevent and resolve conflicts
Both parents are not required to attend, but may take the class together if they would like. This class is offered free of charge to parents with open Division of Child Support Enforcement cases by the Virginia Department of Social Services.
Class includes snacks and co-parenting manual, Two Parents, Two Homes, with additional parenting resources. A Certificate of Completion is also provided at the end of class.
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED BY PHONE: 703-865-7263; CLASSES OPEN TO AND OFFERED AT NO COST ONLY FOR CLIENTS WITH DCSE CASES. Call for more information.
SE REQUIRE PRE-REGISTRACION ANTES DE ASISTIR AL CLASE (favor de llamar al 703-865-7263 para completar su pre-registracion por telefono)
Court-Ordered Mediation for Child Support
The second phase of the program is mediation for co-parents.
The Fairfax Division of Child Support Enforcement identifies clients whose cases are appropriate for mediation and sends the referrals to the Fairfax J&DR Court. Fairfax J&DR then officially orders the clients to complete mediation through NVMS.
This program is NOT open to clients who call in as self-referrals. All clients must be directly ordered by Fairfax J&DR Court to complete mediation. Clients do not pay for these services.
Mediation sessions are scheduled by the Family Programs Manager, and take place in the NVMS office during normal business hours.
The goal of mediating these cases is to have parents agree on a new or updated child support agreement, which is reflected in writing using the Mediation Support Agreement template provided by the Virginia Supreme Court. Any drafted agreements are then sent on to the Division of Child Support Enforcement for approval. If approved, the agreements are then sent on to the Fairfax J&DR Court for the judge’s final approval/signature.
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