Johnson County Kansas Court Services
Higher Ground

Higher Ground is a court-ordered skill-based parent education program for high conflict families which teaches:

  • how ongoing conflict between parents and repeated court involvement hurts children.
  • how to develop a child and future focused mindset and set realistic expectations as separated parents.
  • how to respect each other's differences and communicate effectively.
  • methods to defuse conflict, manage emotions and make mutual decisions for the benefit of your children.

Eligibility:  A court order is required.  Parents must provide a copy of the order to Court Services to register for the program.

Cost: $150 per parent which includes written materials and parent workbooks, presentations with videos and expert guest speakers, small group discussion and skill practice with large group debriefing. 

 All fee payments shall be paid to the Clerk of the District Court located at 100 North Kansas Avenue, Olathe, Kansas in the form of cash (exact change), debit/credit card, money order, or cashier’s check.

Please include your case number and your name on the payment. To make your payment by phone call 1-888-877-0450 or to make on-line payments go to Upon payment, the Clerk’s office shall issue a receipt to the payor and enter the payment into the JIMS court file.

Time & Location:  One mandatory orientation (held on the first Wednesday of each month at 4:30 pm and the third Thursday of each month at 12:00 pm) and 5 sessions of 2 ½ hours every other Tuesday evening from 5:15 to 7:15 pm according to the class schedule. All classes and orientations are held at Johnson County Court Services, 588 E. Santa Fe, Suite 4000, Olathe, KS

For more information, consult the Higher Ground Registration Packet, or contact Jenna Esquibel at (913) 715-7437 or Elizabeth Mayfield at (913) 715-7499.

Phone: (913) 715-7400
Linea en Espanol (913) 715-7519
Fax: (913) 715-7420
Johnson County Court Services
588 E. Santa Fe. Suite 4000
Olathe, Kansas  66061
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