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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 98-920




Amendment of Local Civil Action Rule 19; Miscellaneous Docket; Volume CC, Page 163

[28 Pa.B. 2685]

Order of Court

   May 20, 1998, Civil Action Rule 39-1920.3 is hereby amended as follows. This amendment is adopted for the Court of Common Pleas of the 39th Judicial District of Pennsylvania, both the Franklin and Fulton County Branches and will be effective thirty (30) days after publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

By the Court

President Judge

Rule 39-1920.3.  Commencement of the Action.

   (c)  All parties to a divorce action with children under the age of eighteen shall attend the Education Program for Divorcing Parents. The Program is a four-hour educational seminar which has been established by the Court to provide guidance to parents in helping their children adjust to the consequences of divorce. The procedures of the Program are as follows:

   (1)  Simultaneously with the filing of a Divorce Complaint, the moving party must file the vital statistics sheet along with two addressed envelopes for both parties who will then be notified by the Court establishing the program. A separate statement shall be filed with each Divorce Complaint listing the names, addresses and telephone numbers of the parties and the names and ages of all children under eighteen (18).

   (2)  Attendance at the seminar is mandatory and can only be waived for compelling reasons after presentation of a request to the Court.

   (3)  Within ten days of the notification of the Program as provided in paragraph 1 above, the parties are required to register by using the preprinted registration form contained in the Education Program for Divorcing Parents brochure. The Program shall be successfully completed by both parties within ninety days of the filing of the Complaint.

   (4)  A fee shall be assessed against each individual attending the seminar with said fee to be set on a regular basis by the Court. The fee must be paid and mailed in advance of the seminar along with the completed registration form to the address listed in the brochure. Any requests for a waiver or a reduction of the fee with proof of hardship must be presented to the Program Administrator as instructed in the brochure.

   (5)  Failure to register and complete the program will be brought to the attention of the court and may result in finding of contempt with the imposition of sanctions including a fine and/or imprisonment.

   (6)  Upon successful completion of the Program, the Program Administrator will provide a certificate directly to the Prothonotary's Office verifying the parties' participation in the course.

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 98-920. Filed for public inspection June 12, 1998, 9:00 a.m.]

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