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January 11, 2020

What is the Parents' Education Program?

This program is designed to offer education to parents about the impact that divorce, the reorganization of families, and court involvement have on children. Parents who have a child (under 18) in common must attend the program when involved in a court case for divorce, legal separation, paternity, custody, parenting time, or child support.1 Parents may be required to pay a fee of $50 or less to attend the program, the fee may be deferred or waived.2 Parents who fail to attend the program may be held in contempt of court, denied specific court requests, or other penalties.3

Parents are strongly recommended to take classes at different times.4 If you are a victim of domestic violence, let the judge know. The judge may order that the program be conducted in a way to protect the victim.5

1 A.R.S. § 25-351
2 A.R.S. § 25-355
3 A.R.S. § 25-353
4 Arizona Supreme Court, FAQ - Parent Education Classes
5 A.R.S. § 25-352(C)