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Do I have to take class for MA parent education program?

I'm pretty sure I've got go to a parent education program as part of my divorce (if I decide to file for divorce), but my kids are a little older (16 and 17) so I was wondering if there's any way I could get out of it? Are there any exceptions? I don't really feel like I need a parenting class.  Thanks.

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Submitted Wed, 04/10/2013 - 00:27

In addition to the editor's response the class is a couple hours and there are many opportunities to attend. Depending on the judge, he/she may waive the requirement.

Wyckoff Nissenbaum

I don't think you can get out of it.  Unless you or your attorney can convince the judge to waive this requirement, perhaps because of some extreme hardship, all parties to a divorce in Massachusetts in which there are minor children must register for and attend an approved parent education program.  You must register within sixty days of service of the original complaint upon the defendant and then attend the "next available session."  
The Probate and Family court in your area will have a list of approved providers of the Program. last I checked, there were over 30 such providers in nearly 70 locations around Massachusetts, and some of the classes are offered in Spanish.  Good luck, and please tell your friends about The Forum.

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