Help For Children in Divided Families


Parents are forever...

Divorce is a very stressful experience for parents and children. Although spouses may decide to end their relationship, their children will always need both parents to be part of their lives.

While most parents begin the process of ending their relationship with the best of intentions, very often their children are exposed to much of the friction that is present between the adults. Without meaning to, mothers and fathers include their children interpersonal struggles, and the distress children feel can show up in difficult or hurtful behavior.

Although there may be no easy answers to the issues faced by the parents and children, having some basic information can make an important difference.

This 2 1/2 hours workshop begins the effort that parents can make for their children by placing a focus on what children need during and after the divorce, and how parents can help them succeed.

Workshops topics include:

Do I have to attend?

By local rule of the Mahoning County Court of Common Pleas, Division of Domestic Relations, all parents with minor children who are parties to a divorce, dissolution, or legal separation action are required to participate prior to the date of final hearing.

How much does it cost?

The fee of $20.00 covers the cost of the workshop presentation and materials. No profit is realized through fees collected by this program. Fees are payable to the agency where you participate and are due the day you attend. The Court waives payment for persons who have filed a poverty affidavit with their divorce petition or separation agreements.


The Workshop is presented at these three locations:

Catholic Charities Regional Agency
319 West Rayen Ave.
Youngstown, Ohio 44502

D & E Counseling Center
142 Javit Court
Austintown, Ohio 44515

DO NOT phone these locations with questions concerning the workshop. Please contact the Court at 330-740-2208 with directions or other information.

Schedule of Presentations:

Three to six workshops will be held at various times each month. You must call Domestic Relations Court Monday through Friday, 8:00AM - 4:30PM to pre-register or if you have any questions.

NOTE: Please do not bring children to the workshop. Child care will not be provided.

How to Register:

Pre-registration is required. Parents who have not pre-registered will not be admitted. Call the program office at Mahoning County Domestic Relations Court at 330-740-2208 for workshop dates and to pre-register. Please have your court case number when you call to pre-register. Parents may NOT attend the same presentation, and each parent must pre-register separately.

If you will not be able to attend a presentation for which you have registered, contact the Court to reschedule.

Certificates of attendance will be given to participants who complete the entire workshop and evaluation form. Notice of your completion of the workshop will be given to the Court.

Notice of completion for both parents must be received by the Court prior to the day of the final hearing.

NOTE: Please arrive 15 to 20 minutes before your scheduled workshop to sign in and receive materials.


Mahoning County Domestic Relations Court
120 Market St.
Youngstown, OH

Phone: 330-740-2208
Fax: 330-740-2503