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September 19, 2018

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 If you are uncomfortable attending the program with your child’s other parent, you should let the court know. The court may be able to schedule different classes. The class takes a few hours and there are several locations and times, to accommodate busy schedules.4 For a list of locations and times contact a clerk of court in your county.

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 For example, the judge could require your abuser to attend the class at a different location or time.4

1 A.R.S. § 25-351
2 A.R.S. § 25-355
3 A.R.S. § 25-353
4 Arizona Supreme Court, Things You Should Know About Parent Education Class (2006)
5 A.R.S. § 25-352(C)