Location: Montgomery County Circuit Court
Grand Jury Room (Day)
Jury Lounge (Evening)
Phone: (240) 777-9079
Hours:10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (Day Sessions)
5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.(Evening Sessions)
Family Division Services is committed to helping families experiencing separation and divorce develop positive working relationships for the benefit of their children. To facilitate this, the Court developed an in-house co-parenting skills enhancement program (P.E.A.C.E., or Parent Education and Custody Effectiveness). Taught by the Court Evaluators, the goal of this program is to provide separating and/or divorcing parents an opportunity to learn about problems that their children may experience as a result of divorce/separation and associated parental conflicts. It offers parents an opportunity to learn the skills necessary to keep their children out of family conflicts and raise them peacefully between separate households. The program encourages parents to assume responsibility for creating a post-divorce/separation environment in which their children are their first priority.
The program consists of two 3-hour consecutive sessions held one week apart. Each parent is scheduled to attend at different dates and times. Day classes are held from 10:00 am-1:00 pm in the Grand Jury Room, and evening classes are held from 5:30-8:30 pm in the Jury Lounge (North Tower, Room 2100). The program is cost free to parents with a court order from the Montgomery County Circuit Court. Additionally, Montgomery County residents who have been ordered by another Circuit Court to attend a parenting class may also attend this program. Children are not permitted in the Co-Parenting Skills Enhancement Sessions.
Directions and Parking: directions to the Montgomery County Circuit Court.
The classes focus primarily on the following three topics:
- The effects of divorce and separation on adults;
- The effects of divorce and separation on children and how parents can help them cope with this transition in their lives; and
- Promoting effective communication between parents.
Trying to establish a new way of life is a difficult task for any parent. The P.E.A.C.E. Program helps create effective co-parenting by:
- Providing parents with helpful information about the court system, their own and their children’s responses to divorce/separation, and how to alleviate resulting problems with the help of community resources.
- Assisting parents to develop skills promoting healthy adjustment by their children.
- Reminding parents that their children’s needs are primary.
- Encouraging parents to develop a workable post-divorce or -separation parenting plan rather than having the court impose one on them.
- Noting the impact that divorce has on children of different ages.
- Teaching parents new communication skills.
- Suggesting new methods for conflict resolution.
Yes. Beginning in October 2003, all co-parenting sessions were made available in Spanish. Using a radio transmitter and headphones, an interpreter provides near simultaneous interpretation of the sessions with minimal disruption. A Spanish language guide to the co-parenting order is generated automatically, when a party requests a Spanish interpreter. The P.E.A.C.E. manual is also available in Spanish.
Translation services of the next nine most common languages spoken by Montgomery County residents are scheduled, as are services for other languages for which a qualified translator can be located. A second transmitter is available allowing up to two languages to be interpreted in any session, along with American Sign Language.
50 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, Maryland 20850
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM