On April 18, 1996, Arizona established Domestic Relations Education on
Children's Issues Programs throughout the state. This law requires every
parent of a minor child who files for divorce, separation, parenting
time/custody, or paternity to attend a Parent Education class. Additionally,
a Court may order attendance when parents are involved in a child support
case or seek to change an order for custody or parenting time.
The class has been designed for the purpose of sharing information with
parents about the impact that divorce, the restructuring of families and the
court's involvement in your case can have on your child. The class provides
information about how parents can help their child adjust to a divorce, the
harmful effects of parental conflict on children; and tips on how to
co-parent your child with your former partner. It is not a parenting skills
class. The focus of the class is on how children and adults react to
separation, divorce, and changes in the family. If you do not wish to attend
class with the other parent, steps can be taken to ensure that you are not
scheduled to attend the same class.
State law provides that the court cannot grant the LDMA and/or parenting
time request of a parent who does not attend the class. In some instances
the court may hold a party in contempt of court or impose other sanctions
for refusal to take the class.
For more information call (800) 767-8193 or visit