Friday, July 8, 2016

Do I have to take a Divorcing Parent Seminar?

Yes, you will likely be ordered to take a parenting seminar if you are divorcing in Georgia with a shared minor child, but the requirements vary by county. “The superior court judges, under whose authority the program shall function, may require any or all parties to attend an educational seminar of no more than four hours in any domestic relations action before the court.” Georgia Superior Court Rule 24.8(B) Georgia Superior Court Rule 24.8(B).

“The goal of this program is to assist the parents in understanding the impact of divorce on children, reduce potential conflicts, and offer practical solutions to future problems.” www.alcovycircuit.com. “The seminar focuses on the developmental needs of children, with emphasis on fostering the child's emotional health during periods of stress.” www.gwinnettcourts.com.

Information on various county parenting programs are listed below:

Alcovy (Newton and Walton Counties)
  • $25.00
  • Divorce action must be filled with the Court prior to attending the class
  • Must be attended by both parties within 60 days of the filing date of the divorce
  • Social Circle Public Safety Building in the Community Room, 138 E. Hightower Trail, Social Circle, Georgia 30025
  • 2nd Thursday (Plaintiff) and 3rd Thursday (Defendant) of every month
  • 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
  • Schedule: www.alcovycircuit.com - schedule
  • Additional information: www.alcovycircuit.com
Gwinnett County
  • $30.00
  • Can be attended at anytime
  • Must be completed within 31 days of service of the original complaint upon the original defendant
  • Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Conference Room A West Wing, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30046
  • 1st, 2nd, and 4th Thursday a.m. sessions and 3rd Thursday p.m. session
  • 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. / 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
  • Schedule: www.gwinnettcourts.com - schedule
  • Additional information: www.gwinnettcourts.com
Ninth Judicial Administrative District Office of Dispute Resolution (Cherokee, Dawson, Fannin, Forsyth, Gilmer, Habersham, Hall, Lumpkin, Pickens, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, and White Counties)
  • $50.00 
  • Can be attended at anytime 
  • Completion date varies according to county 
  • Locations in Blairsville, Canton, Clarkesville, Cumming, Dahlonega, Ellijay, Gainesville, and Woodstock 
  • Schedule: www.adr9.com - schedule 
  • Additional information: www.adr9.com

Be sure to check with the filing Court for your parenting class information, requirements vary by county.

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