In any case where parties cannot agree about custody or parenting time of the children, the court will require the parties to attend an orientation and education program.
Some courts have programs for children to attend. The program covers the impact that divorce and the restructuring of families and legal proceedings have upon children and families. It will also cover methods for preventing parenting time conflicts and options for resolving disputes.
If you have a good reason for not attending, you can ask the court to excuse you.
If you claim that there has been domestic abuse, you will not be required to attend the same parent education class as the other party. The court should enter an order describing how the parties may safely participate in the program.
There is a sliding scale fee for this program. However, it may be free if you were not required to pay the divorce filing fee.