Changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic
In March 2020, in-person sessions were cancelled to reduce the spread of COVID-19. An online version is now available to meet immediate needs. Please see the Course Materials section for more information.
For the Sake of the Children
For the Sake of the Children is a supportive information program to help parents understand what they are going through during the separation, both legally and emotionally, and to learn more about the needs of their children.
Court rules make program completion mandatory for Manitobans who are requesting, or responding to, requests for interim or final orders in The Court of Queen’s Bench or the Provincial Court for child custody, access, or private guardianship. The program is also available to other interested people, including guardians, grandparents, or other family members.
For more information about the court’s requirements for program completion, please read Court Requirements for Attendance at the Parent Information Program: For the Sake of the Children and visit the Court of Queen’s Bench Rules for the Parent Information Program: http://web2.gov.mb.ca/laws/rules/qbr2e.php#70.24.1.
Are there exceptions to mandatory completion?
Yes. Exceptions include:
- where the other parent lives outside Manitoba
- where the parties are consenting to the order
- where the matter is unopposed
- where the parent has attended the program in the past two years
- in certain circumstances, where the parent attended a similar program outside Manitoba
What does the program cover?
The program focuses on:
- how parents and children experience separation
- children’s developmental needs at different ages
- the effects of conflict on the family
- parenting plans
- legal and financial issues alternatives to court
Participants will learn ways to manage and limit conflict, keep children from being caught in the middle, and communicate respectfully and positively as co-parents.
How do I show the court that I completed the course?
You must provide an Acknowledgement of Completion Form to the court to prove that you completed the program. Please complete the form below:
If you have a current family court matter, the original signed Acknowledgement of Completion form should be filed in person, or by mail, with the Manitoba court office where your file is located.
You should keep a copy of the form for your records.
For more information about how to complete and file an acknowledgment, contact a family guide.