Massachusetts Probate and Family Court Standing Order 2-16, which can be found at https://www.mass.gov/doc/probate-and-family-court-standing-order-2-16-parent-education-program-attendance/download, requires all parties to a divorce action, and at the Court’s discretion parties in other types of actions such as paternity or contempt, to participate in a Parent Education Program. The program is only required if the parties have minor children under 18.
The purpose of the program is to give parties with children some tools to help them work together for the best interest of their children post-divorce. This includes information that will help the parties with co-parenting after divorce, such as giving them some information about child development issues to help children cope with divorce and providing tools that may help the parties have more effective c-parenting communications and therefore less conflict. Continue reading “Massachusetts Court Required Parenting Education Program in Divorce and other Family Law Actions”