Parenting After Divorce

PADS (Parenting After Divorce/Separation)

What is PADS?

PADS is a private educational and communication skills training program that serves conflicted separated or separating adults of Oakland County and surrounding Countries by training parents to effectively Co-Parent. Co-Parents learn to use appropriate communication rather than engaging in conflict and additional litigations, which has a detrimental effect on the children.


  • Be unable to resolve conflicts through other methods
  • No current PPO in effect unless specifically ordered by the court to participate in PAD/S.
  • However we have had NO PROBLEMS IN THE PAST! As we use strict security issues.
  • Both Co-Parents must be able to attend the same 6-week series They also agree not to
  • Initiate any new litigation during the 6 weeks of the class.

Co-Parents Served by PAD/S

Parents served by PAD/S are those who are at risk of or who continue to engage in moderate to conflict before or after a judgment of divorce or separation has been entered in their case. They are Co-Parents who are unable to effectively cooperate and work together to parent because of hostility, anger, and poor communication with each other. Often mediations have been unsuccessful with on-going difficulties over one or more parenting issues.

How Do Co-Parents Get Referred to PADS?

Referrals are accepted from the Friend of the Court Family Counselors, Judges, Referees, Attorneys, or by the couple themselves. Co-parents may attend voluntarily or be mandated by court order to attend PAD/S. Requests to participate or referrals for PAD/S can be emailed to: or faxed to my secure fax number: (866) 596-1047 with all contact information of clients’ and to whom reports go to on completion of the pad/s Program to be sent too. The PAD/S PROGRAM Coordinator is Robert M. Hack, Psychotherapist; All essions will be conducted at 2550 South Telegraph Road, Suite 240, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302 I can be reached at 248-335-6000. The cost for the program is $395.00 per each participant and payable before the sessions begins and must be sent 14 days before the sessions begins. Each registration fee includes an interactive take home workbook. PAD/S is a six-week series that meets once a week from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM the evening in Bloomfield Hills. Co-parents are given schedules approximately 14 days ahead of time in order to plan for this series, such as baby sitters.

How Does PADS Work?

The goal of PAD/S is to train parents to communicate more effectively for the sake of their children. During the six weeks of the PAD/S program, Co-Parents are educated about the risks of on-going conflict on the psychological and educational adjustment of children. At the same time, Co-Parents are encouraged to take responsibility for the communication problems that exist with their Co-Parent and to learn more successful methods of communicating and resolving conflicts.

Co-Parents gradually interact with each other to pinpoint their most important conflicts and begin to use both communication techniques and effective conflict resolution skills to begin to resolve their arguments and conflicts.

PAD/S is conducted with the program facilitator on a one to one basis. Co-Parents never interact with each other without supervision or coaching. They learn new techniques of communication, practice these skills, they are given homework assignments and must demonstrate their use of the skills they have learned in the weekly classes. The facilitator presents and provides a supportive atmosphere and encouraging environment that enhances the learning of and use of new ways to communicate about old conflicts.

NOTE: PAD/S does not address legal or financial issues.