Providing Consultation & Direct Service
in the areas of Divorce and
Stepfamily Relationships

Families Divided

written and owned by Michele Diamond, LICSW, BCD

Families Divided, a court -approved parent education program for divorcing parents in MA, is now in both Weston on Saturday mornings & Watertown on Wednesday evenings. See below for class dates and registration information.

Families Divided™ is a parent education program for divorcing parents, which has been approved by the Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Probate & Family Court and meets the mandate for education for parents filing for divorce.

A goal of Families Divided™ is to empower parents to recognize that they are the experts on their own children and that they will make the difference in how their children are impacted by the divorce. This philosophy, presented at the beginning of the 5 hours, helps to immediately put participants at ease and reduces resistance related to the mandate of being there. Once this is accomplished, group members are at ease to both listen to the content of the program and to share their own thoughts and experiences.

The actual content of Families Divided™ includes all of the information required by the MA Probate Court plus more. There is a strong emphasis throughout the five hours on the necessity to reduce conflict between the divorcing parents. Several innovative and easy techniques are taught in order to help participants gain distance, both physical and emotional, from their spouse. A continuum from parallel parenting to co-parenting is demonstrated and explained to help parents recognize the parenting styles for divorced parents and understand where they are on the continuum now and where they might like to be in the future. Parents are encouraged to ask questions so that the material is relevant to their own situation.


Courses are held in two locations: Weston and Watertown. Please see below for time and dates of each location.

Classes meet 2 Wednesday evenings a month; 2 classes equal 1 complete session.

Time: 6:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.
Watertown High School, 50 Columbia St. Watertown.
Ample free parking is available both on the street and in the school parking lot.
(Click here for directions via Google Maps)

2018 Course Dates

  • Jan. 3 & 10
  • Feb. 14 & 28
  • March 21 & 28
  • May 2 & 9
  • June 13 & 20

Classes will resume again in September.


Classes meet 2 Saturday mornings a month; 2 classes equal 1 complete session.

Time: 10:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.
First Parish Church, 349 Boston Post Rd, Weston.
(Click here for directions via google Maps)

2018 Course Dates

  • Jan. 6 & 13
  • Feb. 17 & 24
  • March 24 & 31
  • May 5 & 12
  • June 23 & 30

Classes will resume again in September.


You may register for Families Divided™ by mail or online.

By Mail:
Please click on one of the following links and print the registration form to mail to us.

Registration form (Microsoft Word format)

Registration form (PDF format)

Please complete the following form to submit your registration online (Note: you will still need to mail in your check following registration).

Please see the page that will follow your registration for information about inclement weather.

Registration Form
Month you are registering for:
Class Location: Watertown    Weston
Full Name:
Street Address:
State & Zip Code:
Daytime Phone:
Evening Phone:
Email Address:
Full Name of Other Parent:
City and State Where Other Parent Resides:
Comments / Questions / Other Info:


By submitting this registration, the participant agrees that neither DivorceStep, Michele Diamond or Jonathan Nathan shall have any liability for any injuries, property losses or any other damages incurred while participating in any facet of this program.
Please check and initial here:
I Agree to These Terms (check this box)
Initials (enter your initials)


For additional information regarding Families Divided™,
please contact, or Call 978-443-3262.



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