New Ways for Families® focuses on helping people learn “new ways” of thinking, feeling and behaving, rather than focusing on the past or blaming each other. New Ways is a short-term, 4-step structured method for parents re-organizing their families during or after a separation or divorce. This method can be used at any time by any family, from the beginning of the separation process or even after the divorce.

The overall goal is to help both parents develop new ways of making decisions, communicating, and planning for children in a separation or divorce. This method may be used if you jointly agree to use this approach or if a court orders you; if you have direct contact with each other or no direct contact; and no matter the age of your children.


One or more of the following New Ways models may be appropriate. Which program you complete will depend on your specific circumstances and family needs.

Pre-Mediation Coaching

If you are participating in mediation (either with your lawyers, a court mediator, or a private mediator) and have been encouraged to complete 1-2 sessions prior to mediation, you will be using the Pre-Mediation Coaching model. Your lawyer or mediator will inform you as how to move forward.

Court-Based Counseling

If you have a court order to attend counseling, or if your court order specifically orders you into the New Ways for Families counseling program, you will be using the Court-Based Counseling model. You may also use this model if you would like to voluntarily attend the New Ways counseling sessions for your own benefit. Your lawyer or mediator may also encourage you to complete the counseling while you are working with them to resolve your case.

Decision Skills Class

If you have been ordered or encouraged to attend a parenting class, The Decision skills class will be an appropriate choice.

Collaborative Divorce

If you are working with a Collaborative Divorce team, you will be using the Collaborative Divorce model.


Each family’s situation is different. Please contact us to discuss the details of our program, including which model is most appropriate for your situation. Your lawyer or mediator is also welcome to contact us for more specific information.

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