Shared Parenting Council (SPC) of Connecticut

Helping children and parents have equal time with each other.

Colleen O'Neil

Join us via Zoom on Tuesdays at 8pm!

Shared Parenting Coaching

Tuesdays at 8pm (starting Oct. 6, 2020)

Ask us anything! SPC is holding weekly Q&A Zoom Talks where we answer YOUR questions about divorce, custody, parenting plans, mediation, and more! Questions may be submitted via email to or directly in the Zoom chat! The talk will last about 30 minutes, and we’ll take approximately 3 caller questions. Don’t worry—if yours doesn’t get picked, it may get discussed next week.
All guests appearing on the Zoom video must agree to be recorded for educational purposes. The information provided on SPC’s Zoom Talks is the professional opinion of our coaches and should not be taken as legal or mental health advice.
Your coach will be Colleen O’Neil, MSW, M.Ed. Colleen holds master’s degrees in social work and education. She is a trained divorce mediator, coach, therapist, and educator. Her practice, Mediation and Beyond in Westport, CT, serves families in all phases of the divorce process and after.

Our Mission

The mission of the Shared Parenting Council of Connecticut is to promote equal time shared parenting in custody disputes between two fit parents, based on strong evidence that this is in the best interest of children. We advocate for judicial reform, legislative revision, and engage in public education.


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What the SPC stands for

Shared Parenting

  • puts parents on a cooperative rather than divisive playing field, lowering their anxiety and reducing battles centered on manipulating the children’s natural need for and love of their parents.
  • Is the only reasonable starting point for negotiations between two fit parents about parenting time and responsibility. The legal system should encourage both parents to be actively involved in their children’s lives.
  • Learn more when you browse our website and our Facebook page: 

SPC’s Legislative Priorities



Every January we sponsor a symposium at Connecticut’s Legislative Office Building (LOB) to so that knowledgeable experts can discuss their research with legislators. We promote legislation to give parents a voice on relevant committees (Parental Education and Child Support Guidelines): no votes without our voice.  We support legislation to establish the presumption of equal parenting responsibility as the starting point for negotiations between two fit parents.

Become a Better Parent

Giving your child the opportunity to have an equal relationship with the other parent makes you a better parent. It shows that you love your child more than dislike your ex-partner. Deal with your anger at the other parent in ways that don’t involve your children:  keep a journal, join online forums such as, get help from a mental health provider.