The Children’s Hope for Family Act applies only to parents seeking divorce who have one or more minor dependent children.
1- A parent will be required to complete a minimum of six hours of marriage and family education before they will be able to file a petition for divorce. If after satisfactorily completing the course a petition for divorce is filed, the other parent will be required to complete the education requirement if they wish to file an answer to the petition. The other parent may also voluntarily choose to complete the course regardless, if they so desire.
2- This education can be face to face or online, at the discretion of each county court, who will select and approve their course provider. The classes will provide information which focuses substantially on the outcome of divorce on families, especially children, and the benefits of marriage, instruction on financial planning, communication skills, conflict resolution, and options for reconciliation or mediation.
3- The course completion certificate is valid for a period of 90 days
4- This legislation is budget neutral, as the divorcing participants will pay for the education, not to exceed $40 per person.