The Children’s Hope for Family Act applies only to parents seeking divorce who have one or more minor dependent children or are pregnant.
1- The petitioning parent (plaintiff) will be required to complete a minimum of six hours of family education before they will be able to file a petition for divorce. While is is recommended that other parent (defendant) complete the course, this is not a requirement for filing.
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(s). If an online option is exercised, an interactive learning based module is required. 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, co parenting and options for reconciliation or mediation.
3- The course completion certificate is valid for a period of 120 days.
4- This legislation is budget neutral, as the participants will pay for the education, not to exceed $60 per person.