Massachusetts has given recognition to the need for divorcing parents to appreciate “children’s emotional needs and the effects of divorce on child behavior and development.”
The Probate and Family Court established Standing Order 4-08 requiring that divorce litigants attend an approved Parent Education Program.
The parties are each required to pay a fee for the program unless the fee is reduced by the court due to indigency. Attendance may be waived in cases of chronic and severe domestic violence negating safety, language barriers, unavailability or institutionalization of a party or other just reason.
Pretrial conferences in contested cases may not be set until the program has been completed or waived.
The court may impose sanctions on a parent defendant who does not register for a program within 60 days of service of the complaint for divorce.
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