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Parenting Classes Required in Divorce and Custody Cases


When child custody is at issue in a Massachusetts family law proceeding, which occurs in divorce, custody, separate support, and parentage cases, parents must participate in parental education programs.

The requirement for these parenting courses is Standing Order 3-23. The theory behind the requirement of these parenting courses is not to punish the child’s parents; the purpose is to educate the parents on how to co-parent the child and look after the child’s best interests rather than the parent’s own personal needs.

Here is a link to the Massachusetts Standing Order 3-23: Probate and Family Court Standing Order 3-23: Co-parenting education course for married and unmarried parents |

For additional information about child custody and visitation, including physical and legal custody issues, contact our office today for a free, private consultation.

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