Often a major dispute in many child custody actions in Nevada is the ability of parents to co parent and sometimes a step parent’s involvement. Prior to filing a custody action or even if one is pending, it may help improve relations between you and the other parent to attend educational classes on co- parenting and being a step parent. While I realize this may not fix all of the problems, it can help you obtain a better understanding and knowledge about better parenting skills and what your children are experiencing. In contested custody cases, I often recommended my clients consider attending classes in order to educate themselves and show the court that they are making an effort to improve their parenting skills and relationship with the other parents
Reno, Nevada is lucky enough to have the Children’s Cabinet which provides a number of classes for free to parents. This includes a Co-Parenting class designed to teach parents better ways to co-parent and a Step-Parent Essentials class for both the step parent and parent. There are a number of other classes offered including classes on better parenting in general, anger management classes, learning the importance of fatherhood and classes for developing family goals. These classes are offered at no cost and in some cases in Spanish. Classes may be available in other areas of Nevada or online in some instances.
For more information on classes and their availability, please see http://www.childrenscabinet.org/userfiles/file/2011%20Winter%20Final.pdf