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PARENT EDUCATION PROGRAMS
The Superior Court requires all parents involved in a Family Law proceeding where there are minor children to attend and complete the mandatory parent education program. The action before the court may include, but may not be limited to, actions for legal separation, dissolution of marriage (divorce), petitions to establish parental relationship, temporary restraining orders or actions to establish or modify custody or visitation. Please call805-882-4626 for further information. Information in Spanish here.
WHO IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND? [ SEE LOCAL COURT RULE 1507 ]
Parents are not required to attend the program together, and in cases filed under the Domestic Violence Prevention Act it is recommended that the parties not attend the same class.
WHAT IF I HAVE A MEDIATION APPOINTMENT SCHEDULED, DO I NEED TO ATTEND A PARENT EDUCATION PROGRAM FIRST?
YES. Parents who participate in custody mediation at Family Mediation Services need to complete this program PRIOR to the mediation. You need only attend the program one time, so it is not required that you attend the class before each mediation. If any parent has not completed the required parent education program by the date set for mediation, to the extent that is possible, the mediation date shall be reset to a later time to permit the parent(s) to first attend the program. The mediator may, at his or her discretion, proceed with the mediation if it is in the best interest of the children. In any case, the mediator will first require any parent who has not attended the program, and who has not obtained a waiver of the requirement to attend the class, to sign a written stipulation (agreement), which will become a court order, requiring the parent to attend the required program by no later than a specified date.
Parents attending mediation shall not bring children from the age of infancy to five (5) years of age, or the mediation may have to be rescheduled. Children six (6) to twelve (12) years of age must have an adult supervisor or the mediation will have to be rescheduled.
The court may accept verification of attendance at an equivalent parent education program located in another county or state, if the attendance at our local program is found to be a hardship to a parent living outside the local area.
An order delaying or waiving the requirement of attendance at the parent education program may be obtained from the court upon a showing of good cause. [ See Local Court Rule 1507 ]
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