Parenting Classes No Longer Required for Divorcing Couples

On June 25, 2021, the state Probate and Family Court suspended Standing Order 2-16, which required divorcing parents to take a “Parent Education Class.” Couples filing their divorce papers on or after July 12 no longer need to take the class. Parents filing paper before July 12, 2021 should complete their parenting classes by August 31, 2021.


Chief Justice John D. Casey pointed out a number of problems with the parent education program, specifically: there is no reliable data as to whether the existing programs are effective; management and oversight of the programs is a significant administrative burden for the court; the programs have done a poor job of adhering to some of the required guidelines;  and married parents and unmarried parents are treated differently in the parent education program.


You can see the text of the document “Parent Education Outline”, issued by Casey here.