Parent Education Programs
The most important goal of The Divorce Center is 'to make divorce more civilized and less
traumatic especially for the children'. In keeping with this philosophy, we offer our Parents Apart program to separating or
divorced parents to assist them in helping their children cope with and successfully manage the
stress of parental divorce.
As of December 1998, parenting courses became court-mandated in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for
divorcing parents. As part of our public service, we are also providing information on other
court-approved parent education classes. Check the information on our Parents Apart classes,
now presented in Braintree and in Waltham as well as a statewide listing of other similar
classes provided by other agencies.
Effective August 1, 2003, parents must register with an approved Parent Education program
provider within 60 days of being served with the divorce papers upon the original defendant and
must attend the next available session.
By order of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Probate and Family Court, parents involved in a
divorce action in which there are minor children are ordered to attend and participate in an
approved Parent Education program unless waived by the court.
Parents will now be required to each pay $80.00 to the provider of the course unless a request
for waiver has been submitted and allowed by Probate and Family Court, in which case the course
fee will be reduced to $5.00.