Who teaches the KIDS Program?
Local attorneys and mental health or child professionals comprise a pool of KIDS Program presenters.
What topics are taught?
All aspects of divorce are covered from legal to the emotional process. Some of the areas covered are:
- Legal & procedural aspects of divorce
- The emotional process of the initiator and non-initiator of divorce
- Stages of grief and loss
- Age-related problems or symptoms typical of children of divorce
- Single parenting
- New relationships
- Do children need counseling?
- Best interest of children
- Advantages and disadvantages of custody arrangements
- Communication during and after divorce
- Discipline and parenting tips
- Is it abuse?
Participants are provided handouts
Must I register before attending class?
YES. No one will be allowed in if not listed on the Class Attendance list
Where is the KIDS Program held?
At the Kane County Judicial Center in the Jury Commission Room (JC100) on the ground level.
When is the KIDS Program held?
On either two consecutive Wednesday evenings or two consecutive Thursday evenings from 7:00pm-9:00pm.
Do I attend the KIDS Program with my spouse?
NO, spouses attend the program separately.
Do I bring the children?
NO, the program is only for adults.
Is the program offered in Spanish?
Yes. The program is offered in February, May, August, and November, on two consecutive Tuesday evenings from 7:00pm-9:00pm.
What is the cost and how do I pay for the class?
The cost of the KIDS Program is $90.00 per person. The county Circuit Clerk shall collect the $90.00 fee at the time of filing the first pleading or appearance filed by each party.
When should I complete the Kids Program requirement?
The program must be completed no later than 60 days after the initial case management conference. If not completed the Circuit Clerk is hereby charged to collect an additional $50.00 late fee.
What do I bring?
A pen to fill out a survey about the program.
How will the court know I have completed the KIDS Program requirement?
If you have attended both classes and have paid the fees, your completion certificate will be put in your court file.