If you are getting divorce in NJ and have children, you be will required to attend the Parent’s Education Program. This program is administered by the court and is free for the litigants. Attendance is required unless all issue of custody and parenting time have been resolved. You and your spouse will be scehduled to attend on different dates and times. If you have an attorney, be aware that counsel do not attend this program with their clients.
The purpose of the program is to educate parents as to the divorce process and to offer guidance on how to minimize the impact on the children. Typically, you will hear from a family court judge and other individuals involved in the court system.
The program is not intended to address or resolve any custody and parenting time disputes. There are separate court administered programs to help in this regard.
It is wishful thinking to believe a divorce will not impact your children. However, participation in the Parent’s Education Program and following the advice you receive can help minimize the disruption for your children.