Mandatory Parent Education Programs

Many people aren’t aware that the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court requires parents to complete a mandatory parent education class. This is required if you are divorcing and have minor children, even if the divorce is uncontested. This is extremely important as the Judge can choose not to enter a final Judgment of Divorce Nisi until both parents file their certificates that they receive after completion of the 5hour class (which is usually spread into two 2.5 hour classes over the course of a couple evenings). The class is $80.00 and divorcing parents must attend separate classes from each other. Most clients find that the class is not overwhelming as it is just designed to educate parents on how divorce affects children as well as offer tips to make co-parenting easier. You are required to attend the class within 30 days of being notified about it. We advise our clients to get it over with quickly in order to avoid any possible conflicts or sanctions for noncompliance down the line.

Below is the information for approved Parent Education Programs in Essex County:

Divorce Workshops, LLC
Divorce and Its Impact on Children’s Development
374 Broadway
Lynn, MA
Contact: Dina Guay

Divorce Workshops, LLC
Divorce and Its Impact on Children’s Development
385 Essex St
Salem, MA
Contact: Dina Guay

Parent Education and Custody Effectiveness (PEACE)
North Shore Counseling Center
900 Cummings Center, Suite 324-S
Beverly, MA
Contact: Reception Desk
Lynn Huber, LICSW
Program Director for Parent Education

Family Healthy Choices Parenting Education
Peabody Inst. Library (Danvers Town Library)
Gordon Room
15 Sylvan Street
Danvers, MA 
Contact: Jill Levine

Putting Children First
Family Service of Merrimack Valley
Merrimack College (McQuade Library)
North Andover, MA
Contact: Rosey Gonzalez

Family Healthy Choices Parenting Education
Newburyport High School, Classroom 310
214 High Street
Newburyport, MA 
Contact: Jill Levine

Positive Co-Parenting in Difficult Times
Psychotherapy Associates of North Reading
Northern Essex Community College
100 Elliot Street
Haverhill, MA
978-664-2566, ext. 5
Contact: Dr. Donna Whipple

Reducing the Effects of Divorce (Spanish & English)
Cambridge College
280 Merrimack Street
Entrance North B, 5th Floor, Suite 502
Lawrence, MA  01843
Contact: Arthur Baxter

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