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Facts about Tennessee's Parenting Education Seminar

The Tennessee Parenting Plan Law requires divorcing parents to take a class or a series of classes called the Parenting Education Seminar. Here are some facts about the classes.The Parenting Education Seminar is in place to educate parents on how to deal with each other and with their children during and after divorce proceedings. The purpose of the Seminar is to lessen the emotional impact divorce has on families and make the process easier for children.

The Seminars also include education on these subjects: marriage counseling, alternative dispute resolution, common perpetrator conduct and attitudes involving domestic violence and the judicial process. The impact of divorce on families and other divorce-related topics might also be covered in the Seminars.

In regards to how much the Seminar costs, the fee depends on how much the particular provider in the judicial district charges. Since some judicial districts have several Seminar providers, the parents can select the one they want. Some providers may charge according to the parent's income, or the court might waive the cost for individuals providing proof of financial hardship.

Parents who do not attend the sessions or who do not finish them could be held in contempt of court. This action could also have a negative effect on the court's ruling regarding the parent's decision-making or parenting time. However, these actions cannot stop the court from issuing a divorce decree, and a parent who obtains the decree can still be held in contempt of court, which could result in incarceration.

Child custody issues can often result in heated divorce battles between couples. Therefore, a divorcing parent might want to speak with an experienced divorce attorney who could keep the best interests of the child at the forefront of the divorce and help avoid child support disputes that could arise between the parties.

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