Jackson County Parenting Together Living Apart Class Information

The following post is information for clients who have paternity or custody actions pending in Eastern or Western Jackson county Missouri about the PTLA program which is required by the Court.

PTLA (Parenting Together Living Apart) is a parent educational program designed to teach parents who have never been married to each other but have children together the value of co-parenting their child(ren) cooperatively so as to maximize the healthy emotional development of their child(ren). This program is most effective when utilized prior to mediation. There is no cost for attendance.

Program Objectives:

  • Parents will have a better understanding of the importance of co-parenting.
  • Parents will practice positive communication skills.
  • Parents will learn about child development states in parental conflict.
  • Parents will increase positive parenting skills to work with each other cooperatively.

PTLA Curriculum:

  • Parental responsibilities
  • Children’s basic needs
  • Why children need both parents
  • Emotional reactions to the lost relationship
  • Children’s developmental states in parental conflict
  • Paternity establishment
  • Positive co-parenting
  • Effective communication skills
  • Responsive discipline
  • Parenting time suggestions

Registration and Location:

Classes are offered twice monthly for three hours. Participants attend only one three-hour course and may select from the two locations listed below.


Roger T. Sermon Center

201 N. Dodgion

Independence, MO


UMKC Administrative Building

5115 Oak Street.

Kansas City, MO

To register or for more information contact:

Family Court Resource Services at 816-881-1814