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Parents and Children Together (PACT)
What Is PACT?
Parents and Children Together (PACT) is a program designed to help separating
and divorcing parents work together more cooperatively and effectively. The
goal is to help parents focus on their children's best interests. In special
seminars taught at the Court, parents learn how to communicate more positively
and parent more effectively. The PACT program also provides information
regarding Family Court Services, mediation, and child custody evaluations.
Who Can Attend?
Anyone involved in a dissolution, separation or paternity case is welcome to
attend. However, if you are in need of court orders regarding custody and
visitation, it is mandatory that you attend the class. You must attend before
you go to your court hearing or mediation appointment. It is not necessary for
parents to attend the same sessions. Parents whose cases were filed under the
Domestic Violence Prevention Act are not required to attend PACT.
The class is designed for adults only. Children may not attend.
Where Are Classes Held?
You do not have to pre-register. Please plan to arrive 40 minutes before the
start of the class to complete at-the-door registration. Classes in English and
in Spanish are offered at the Central District Courthouse in downtown Los
You not required to attend the same class session as the children's other
parent. If a domestic violence restraining order has been issued, you should
attend different classes.
The PACT class is offered on the first Thursday of each
month at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse, Room 222, 111 N. Hill Street, Los
Class in English: 8:30 – 11:30 AM Class in Spanish: 1:30 – 4:30 PM
Why Should I Attend?
The program will help you to understand your children’s needs and to develop
ways of working with the other parent. It is mandatory that you attend before
your court hearing or mediation appointment.
Is There A Charge For The Classes?
How Will The Court Know That I Attended
Once you complete PACT, you will receive a certificate of completion, which you
are responsible for filing in the courthouse where your case is heard. Please
make and retain a copy of the certificate.