S.M.I.L.E. Program

Each year over one million marriages end in divorce in the United States. When divorce happens, people feel alone and wonder how anyone else lived through it. S.M.I.L.E (Start Making It Livable for Everyone) is a program for separating / divorced parents with minor children.

The developers of this program have worked with hundreds of divorcing families having difficulties with time-sharing, parenting roles, and other divorce-related issues. This program will provide some information about the effects of divorce and what parents can do to make the divorce situation livable.

Due to COVID 19 the "in-person" SMILE Program is not available.

Currently there are three options to attend the SMILE program.

1). You may register for an online webinar conducted by the University of Michigan.  There are several options for dates.  Click Here to visit the site and register. 

2).  You may also register for the SMILE program through MiSDU, in the Mi-CASE portal. You will log on and find the link to SMILE.  You must remain in attendance for the entire program (they will send a pop-up to make sure you are actively watching) and if you complete the video, an email verifying your attendance will be sent to the Friend of Court.

3).  OnlineParentingPrograms.com, although this program has a fee.

After the Pandemic restrictions have been lifted, the S.M.I.L.E program will held once again, in person. 

  • 10 a.m. until Noon
  • 3rd Wednesday of every month, except in July
  • Washtenaw County Trial Court
    Jury Assembly Room
    101 E Huron Street
     Ann Arbor, MI 48104

This program is open to the public.
This program does not require advanced registration.

An alternative to the S.M.I.L.E program is available at:

Additional Information

For more information, please review the S.M.I.L.E Handbook (PDF) or contact Friend of the Court at 734-222-3050.