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Effective December 1, 1997, the Circuit and Chancery Courts of Hamilton County have implemented a program established and directed by the legislature to focus attention of divorcing parents on the effect of divorce on their minor children. The program is authorized by Chapter 557 of the Public Acts of 1997 and can be found at T.C.A. Sec 36-6-401, et seq.

Attorneys should be aware that their clients would be required to comply with the requirements of the legislation, which will include:

  1. Attending a four hour seminar (see below) on the impact of divorce on children.
    Online Parenting course DOES NOT meet the requirements for a parenting class in this jursidiction
  2. Filing parenting plans with the original Complaint or Petition and (if disputed) with the Answer, and
  3. Mediating disputes over the parenting plan before taking such disputes before a judge.
Parents will be required to file with the court certificates of completion of the education program and evidence of a good faith attempt to mediate any dispute over the parenting plan.

The requirements of the legislation will apply to all cases involving the custody or support of minor children except Title IV-D cases. Mediation will not be required prior to a court hearing in cases where it is found that a parent has engaged in physical or sexual abuse or a pattern of emotional abuse of a child or a person living with the child.

The cost of education and mediation will be borne by the parties and will be based on ability to pay. The parties will be free to use any mediator, but if they are unable to agree, the courts will only appoint certified Rule 31 mediators.

The Parenting Coordinator for Hamilton County is Babs Ragsdale, (423) 209-6658.  E-mail Address is BarbaraR@hamiltontn.gov

UPCOMING PARENT EDUCATION SEMINARS

The following programs fulfill the MANDATORY EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR requirement for divorcing or post-divorce parties with minor children.  All parents are required to attend one four-hour seminar. 
  • It is not necessary for parents to attend the same class.  
  • You only have to attend ONE CLASS.
  • You may select from one of the four following providers and call the number listed
    to pre-register for the class you choose.
  • Be sure to file your certificate as soon as possible.
  • Updated on-line schedule is available at www.Hamiltontn.gov
  • A CLASS MUST BE COMPLETED BY FEBRUARY 1, 2014. (IF DIVORCE WAS FILED IN NOVEMBER 2013)

CHILDREN IN DIVORCE AND SEPARATION

Conflict Resolution and Mediation Services
931 McCallie Ave.
Chattanooga, TN 37403
 PHONE: 266-3305
    * COST: $40/person
                 $70/couple
* Attend within 30 days of filing (fee $30.00 with proof of filing date & pre-registration)
For brochure & directions and/or registration instructions, call 423-266-3305 or visit us at www.MAZaha.webs.com . Private classes are available for an additional fee: 423-266-0477

Daytime & Evening Sessions

Monday Apr 7
(9:00 - 1:00)
Saturday Apr 26
(12:00 - 4:00)
Saturday May 10
(12:00 - 4:00)
Wednesday May 28
(5:00 - 9:00)
Saturday June 14
(12:00 - 4:00)
Saturday June 28
(9:00 - 1:00)
Wednesday July 16
(5:00 - 9:00)
Wednesday July 30
(5:00 - 9:00)
Wednesday Aug 13
(5:00 - 9:00)
Wednesday Aug 27
(5:00 - 9:00)
Saturday Sept 13
(12:00 - 4:00)
Saturday Sept 27
(9:00 - 1:00)
Saturday Oct 11
(12:00 - 4:00)
Wednesday Oct 29
(5:00 - 9:00)
Wednesday Nov 12
(5:00 - 9:00)
Wednesday Dec 3
(5:00 - 9:00)
Wednesday Dec 17
(5:00 - 9:00)

Daytime & Evening Sessions

Saturday April 12
(9:00 - 1:00)
Wednesday April 30
(5:00 - 9:00)
Monday May 19
(9:00 - 1:00)
Monday June 2
(9:00 - 1:00)
Wednesday June 18
(5:00 - 9:00)
Monday July 7
(9:00 - 1:00)
Monday July 21
(9:00 - 1:00)
Monday Aug 4
(9:00 - 1:00)
Monday Aug 18
(9:00 - 1:00)
Wednesday Sep 3
(5:00 - 9:00)
Wednesday Sep 17
(5:00 - 9:00)
Wednesday Oct 1
(5:00 - 9:00)
Monday Oct 20
(9:00 - 1:00)
Monday Nov 3
(9:00 - 1:00)
Monday Nov 17
 (9:00 - 1:00)
Monday Dec 8
(9:00 - 1:00)
Saturday Dec 27
(9:00 - 1:00)

Daytime & Evening Sessions

Monday Apr 21
(9:00 - 1:00)
Monday May 5
(9:00 - 1:00)
Saturday May 24
(9:00 - 1:00)
Monday June 9
(9:00 - 1:00)
Monday June 23
(9:00 - 1:00)
Saturday July 12
(12:00 - 4:00)
Saturday July 26
 (9:00 - 1:00)
Saturday Aug 9
(12:00 - 4:00)
Saturday Aug 23
(9:00 - 1:00)
Monday Sept 8
(9:00 - 1:00)
Monday Sept 22
(9:00 - 1:00)
Monday Oct 6
(9:00 - 1:00)
Saturday Oct 25
(9:00 - 1:00)
Saturday Nov 8
(12:00 - 4:00)
Saturday Nov 22
(9:00 - 1:00)
Saturday Dec 13
(12:00 - 4:00)
HELP YOUR CHILD WITH DIVORCE
Relationship Therapy Center
7302 Jarnigan Road
Chattanooga, TN 37421
PHONE: 855-4091
     COST: $40/person
                 $70/couple

Daytime Sessions
8:30a.m. - 12:30p.m.

Saturday Apr 12
Saturday May 10
Saturday June 7
Saturday July 19
Saturday August 2
Saturday September 13
Saturday October 11
Saturday November 8
Saturday December 6

Evening Sessions
5:30p.m. - 9:30p.m.

Tuesday Apr 22
Tuesday May 20
Tuesday June 17
Tuesday July 29
Tuesday August 12
Tuesday September 23
Tuesday October 21
Tuesday November 18
Tuesday December 16

LIGHTHOUSE COUNSELING & LIFE SKILLS CENTER

Cooperative Parenting and Divorce
7209 Hamilton Acres Circle
Chattanooga      
PHONE: 499-9335
     COST: $35/person
                 $60/couple
**Please register and pay for the Cooperative Parenting Class 48-hours in advance.

Daytime Sessions
9:00a.m. - 1:00p.m.

Saturday Apr 12, 26
Saturday May 17, 31
Saturday June 14, 28
Saturday July 12, 26
Saturday August 9, 23
Saturday September 6, 20
Saturday October 11, 25
Saturday November 8, 22
Saturday December 6

Evening Sessions
5:30p.m. - 9:30p.m.

Monday Apr 7, 21
Monday May 5, 31
Monday June 9, 23
Monday July 7, 21
Monday August 4, 18
Monday September 8, 22
Monday October 6, 20
Monday November 3, 17
Monday December 1, 15

SUCCESSFUL PARENTING

Ruth Tucker
Parenting Class will be held at
Country Inn & Suites 
5105 Highway 153 (behind IHop)
Hixson, TN 37343
PHONE: 667-8467
     COST: $40/person
                 $70/couple
Daytime Sessions 8:30am to 12:30pm SATURDAY No pre-registration required with ****CASH or MO.
April 26, 2014 May 24, 2014 June 28, 2014
July 26, 2014 August 23, 2014 September 27, 2014
October 25, 2014 November 22, 2014 December 20, 2014
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