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Fulton County Parenting Seminar Information – 2014

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Under Georgia law, both parties in a divorce are required to attend a parenting seminar in Georgia if the parties have children under the age of 18. See Uniform Superior Court Rule 24.8. The following is the 2014 parenting seminar schedule for Fulton County (Alpharetta, Atlanta, Johns Creek, Milton, Roswell):

Saturday morning seminar from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Downtown Justice Center Building (160 Pryor Street, S.W., Courtroom G33, Atlanta, Georgia)
• February 15
• March 15
• April 19
• May 17
• June 21
• July 19
• August 23
• September 20
• October 25
• November 16
• December 20

Wednesday morning seminar from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the HJC Bowen Multipurpose Complex (2885 Church Street, East Point, Georgia in the auditorium)
• February 26
• March 19
• April 20
• May 28
• June 25
• July 23
• August 27
• September 24
• October 29
• November 19
• December 17

Thursday evening seminar from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Dorothy Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex (6500 Vernon Woods, Drive, Building B, Sandy Springs, Georgia)
• February 6
• March 6
• April 3
• May 8
• June 5
• July 10
• August 7
• September 11
• October 2
• November 6
• December 4

Please note that both the HJC Bowen Multipurpose Complex and the Dorothy Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex locations require pre-registration no later than the Monday before the seminar.

The cost of the seminar is currently $30.00 per person payable by money order, cashier’s check or cash. You can find additional information about these seminars at Fulton County Families in Transition program website.

Gwinnett County Parenting Seminar Information – 2014

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Under Georgia law, both parties in a divorce are required to attend a parenting seminar in Georgia if the parties have children under the age of 18. See Uniform Superior Court Rule 24.8. Gwinnett County (Buford, Dacula, Duluth, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Norcross, Snellville, and Suwanee) offers its Parenting Seminar at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive,Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045. The seminars are held in Conference Room A West Wing on the second floor. The 2014 schedule is as follows:

Thursday morning seminars from 9:00am – 1:00pm:
• January 9, 16, 30
• February 6, 13, 27
• March 6, 13, 27
• April 3, 10, 24
• May 1, 22, 29
• June 5, 12, 26
• July 3, 10, 24
• August 7, 14, 28
• September 4, 11, 25
• October 2, 9, 23
• November 6, 13
• December 4, 11

Thursday evening seminars from 5:00pm – 9:00pm:
• January 23
• February 20
• March 20
• April 17
• May 15
• June 19
• July 17
• August 21
• September 18
• October 16
• November 20
• December 18

The cost of the seminar is currently $30.00 per person and registration MUST be received prior to the day of the seminar, though payment can be made at the door. You can find additionalinformation and register online for these seminars at the Gwinnett County Parenting Seminar website.

Forsyth and Cherokee County Parenting Seminar Information – 2014

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Under Georgia law, both parties in a divorce are required to attend a parenting seminar in Georgia if the parties have children under the age of 18. See Uniform Superior Court Rule 24.8. Forsyth County (Cumming) and Cherokee County (Ball Ground, Canton, and Woodstock) are part of the 9th judicial district. The 2014 parenting seminar schedule for the 9th judicial district is as follows:

• Gainesville (New Hall County Courthouse 1st Floor, 225 Green Street SE), Thursdays 5:00pm – 9:00pm
o January 2, 16
o February 6, 20
o March 6, 20
o April 3, 17
o May 1, 15
o June 5, 19
o July 3, 17
o August 7, 21
o September 4, 18
o October 2, 16
o November 6, 20
o December 4, 18

• Canton (RT Jones Memorial Library, 116 Brown Industrial Parkway), Saturdays 10:00am – 2:00pm
o February 22
o March 22
o April 26

• Clarkesville (North GA Technical College, Clegg Complex, 1500 Hwy. 197 North), Wednesdays 1:00pm – 5:00pm
o January 15
o February 12
o March 19
o April 16
o May 21
o June 18
o July 16
o August 20
o September 17
o October 15
o November 19
o December 17

• Cumming (Central Park Recreation Center, 2300 Keith Bridge Road), Saturdays 10:00am – 2:00pm
o January 25
o February 8
o March 8
o April 12
o May 10

• Ellijay (Gilmer County Library, 268 Calvin Jackson Drive), Mondays 1:00pm – 5:00pm
o January 13
o February 10
o March 10

• Dahlonega (Lumpkin County Justice Center, Probate/Jury Assembly Room, 325 Riley Road), Mondays or Thursdays 9:00am – 1:00pm
o January 9
o February 13
o March 13
o April 10
o May 12
o June 12
o July 10
o August 14
o September 15
o October 9
o November 13
o December 15

• Blairsville (Haralson Civic Center, 165 Welborn Street), Mondays 1:00pm – 5:00pm
o January 6
o February 3
o March 3
o April 7
o May 5
o June 2
o July 7
o August 4
o September 8
o October 6
o November 3
o December 1

Additional dates will be added throughout the year. The cost of the seminar is currently $50.00 per person. There is no pre-registration, but you must pay with money order. You can find additional information about these seminars at 9th Judicial Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution website.

Dekalb County Parenting Seminar Information – 2014

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Under Georgia law, both parties in a divorce are required to attend a parenting seminar if the parties have children under the age of 18. See Uniform Superior Court Rule 24.8. DeKalb County(Avondale Estates, Chamblee, Decatur, Doraville, Lithonia, and Stone Mountain) offers its Seminar for Divorcing Parents at the Dekalb County Courthouse Judicial Tower. The 2014 schedule is as follows:

Monday evening seminars from 5:00pm – 9:00pm (1st floor Jury Room of the Dekalb County Courthouse Judicial Tower):
• January 6
• February 3
• March 3
• April 7
• May 5
• June 2
• July 7
• August 4
• October 6
• November 3
• December 1

Wednesday afternoon seminars from 12:30pm – 4:30 pm (5th floor of the Dekalb County Courthouse Judicial Tower, room 5A):
• January 15
• February 19
• March 19
• April 16
• May 21
• June 18
• July 16
• August 20
• September 17
• October 15
• November 12
• December 17

Friday morning seminars from 9:30am – 1:30pm (1st floor Jury Room of the Dekalb County Courthouse Judicial Tower):
• January 24
• February 20 (**Note this is a Thursday.)
• March 28
• April 25
• May 30
• June 27
• July 25
• August 29
• September 26
• October 24

The cost of the seminar is currently $30.00 per person payable by cash, cashier’s check or money order only. Dates and time are subject to change so please check the DeKalb County Seminar for Divorcing Parents website for the most up to date information and for online registration under the divorce tab.

Cobb County Parenting Seminar Information – 2013

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Under Georgia law, both parties in a divorce are required to attend a parenting seminar in Georgia if the parties have children under the age of 18. See Uniform Superior Court Rule 24.8. Cobb County (Acworth, Austell, Kennesaw, Marietta, Powder Springs and Smyrna) offers its Divorcing Parents Seminar at the Cobb County Superior Court Building (Building D; 3rd Floor, Courtroom O), 30Waddell Street, Marietta, GA 30090.

Cobb County offers a four-hour Thursday morning seminar (from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm) or two two-hour Monday evening sessions (from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm). You must take either one Thursday morning seminar or two Monday evening seminars. The 2013 schedule is as follows:

Thursday morning classes (8:30am – 1:00pm):
• January 3 or 17
• February 7 or 21
• March 7 or 21
• April 4 or 18
• May 2 or 16
• June 6 or 20
• July 11 or 18
• August 1 or 15
• September 5 or 19
• October 3 or 17
• November 7 or 21
• December 5 or 19

Monday evening classes (7:00pm – 9:00pm):
• January 14 AND 28
• February 11 AND 18
• March 11 AND 18
• April 8 AND 15
• May 13 AND 20
• June 10 AND 17
• July 8 AND 15
• August 12 AND 19
• September 9 AND 16
• October 14 AND 21
• November 11 AND 18
• December 9 AND 16

The cost of the seminar is currently $30.00 per person. You can find additional information and register online for these seminars at the Cobb County Divorcing Parents Seminar website.

Gwinnett County Parenting Seminar Information – January – April 2013

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Under Georgia law, both parties in a divorce are required to attend a parenting seminar in Georgia if the parties have children under the age of 18. See Uniform Superior Court Rule 24.8. Gwinnett County (Buford, Dacula, Duluth, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Norcross, Snellville, and Suwanee) offers its Parenting Seminar at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive,Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045. The seminars are held in Conference Room A West Wing on the second floor. The January – April 2013 schedule is as follows:

Thursday morning seminars from 9:00am – 1:00pm:
• January 3
• January 10
• January 24
• February 7
• February 14
• February 28
• March 7
• March 14
• March 28
• April 4
• April 11
• April 25

Thursday evening seminars from 5:00pm – 9:00pm:
• January 17
• February 21
• March 21
• April 18

The cost of the seminar is currently $30.00 per person and registration MUST be received prior to the day of the seminar, though payment can be made at the door. You can find additional information and register online for these seminars at the Gwinnett County Parenting Seminar website.

Forsyth and Cherokee County Parenting Seminar Information: October – December 2012 (partial)

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Under Georgia law, both parties in a divorce are required to attend a parenting seminar in Georgia if the parties have children under the age of 18. See Uniform Superior Court Rule 24.8. Forsyth County (Cumming) and Cherokee County (Ball Ground, Canton, and Woodstock) are part of the 9th judicial district. The partial October – December 2012 parenting seminar schedule for the 9thjudicial district is as follows:

• Gainesville (New Hall County Courthouse 1st Floor, 225 Green Street SE) – Thursday, October 4, 5:00pm – 9:00pm; Thursday, October 18, 5:00pm – 9:00pm; Thursday, November 1, 5:00pm – 9:00pm;Thursday, November 15, 5:00pm – 9:00pm; Thursday, December 6, 5:00pm – 9:00pm; Thursday, December 20, 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Canton (RT Jones Memorial Library, 116 Brown Industrial Parkway) – Saturday, October 27, 10:00am – 2:00pm

Clarkesville (North GA Technical College, Clegg Complex, 1500 Hwy. 197 North) – Friday, October 12, 1:00pm – 5:00pm; Friday, November 9, 1:00pm – 5:00pm; Friday,December 14, 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Ellijay (Gilmer County Library, 268 Calvin Jackson Drive) – Monday, October 15, 1:00pm – 5:00pm; Tuesday, November 13, 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Dahlonega (North Georgia College & State University, Continuing Education Building, 25 Schultz Avenue) – Tuesday, October 30, 9:00am – 1:00pm; Wednesday, November14, 9:00am – 1:00pm; Monday, December 10, 9:00am – 1:00pm

Blairsville (Haralson Civic Center, 165 Welborn Street) – Monday, October 1, 1:00pm – 5:00pm; Monday, November 5, 1:00pm – 5:00pm; Monday, December 3, 1:00pm – 5:00pm

The cost of the seminar is currently $50.00 per person. There is no pre-registration, but you must pay with money order. You can find additional information about these seminars at 9th Judicial Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution website. The schedule is subject to change so please check the website before deciding on a seminar time.

Using a Parenting Coordinator in a Georgia Divorce

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Although you and your spouse are ending your marriage, if you have children together then you will always have a relationship–you will always be parents. It is important to remember that the children must always be the focus of the divorce, and the goal should be to minimize the impact of the divorce on your children. However, divorcing parents often disagree about parenting issues like discipline, religion, education or household responsibilities. Disagreement about parenting issues can further escalate the tension in your relationship with your spouse and can be detrimental to your children. In situations in Georgia where a majority of the conflicts during the divorce are related to the children and differences in parenting style and philosophy, a parenting coordinator can be an invaluable resource.

A parenting coordinator is a psychologist or mental health professional who can help you and your spouse discuss parenting issues, determine what an appropriate parenting schedule will be for your time with the children, and help you come to a consensus about how you will be effective co-parents in the future. He or she can help resolve parenting issues that arise during your divorce,and can help you and your partner work together to reduce your conflicts related to the children. The parenting coordinator typically does not attempt to resolve marital issues, but assists with disagreements related to parenting only.

A parenting coordinator is not a guardian ad litem, who is a representative of the Court appointed to determine the best interests of the children, but one who works directly with the parents to attempt to resolve parenting issues outside of Court. With the Court or the parties’ consent, he or she may make decisions for the parties on parenting or child-rearing issues, but parenting coordinators do not give legal advice. The value of the parenting coordinator is in resolving issues outside the courtroom, and can help you set establish a working relationship that allows you and your former spouse to be effective co-parents not only until the end of the divorce, but throughout your children’s lives.

If you have questions about a parenting coordinator, or if you are a parent with concerns about how to work with your spouse during the pendency of your divorce, contact Meriwether and Tharp.

By Elizabeth Doak, Associate, Meriwether & Tharp, LLC

Cobb County Parenting Seminar Information – 2012

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Under Georgia law, both parties in a divorce are required to attend a parenting seminar in Georgia if the parties have children under the age of 18. See Uniform Superior Court Rule 24.8. Cobb County (Acworth, Austell, Kennesaw, Marietta, Powder Springs and Smyrna) offers its Divorcing Parents Seminar at the Cobb County Superior Court Building (Building D; 3rd Floor, Courtroom O), 30Waddell Street, Marietta, GA 30090.

Cobb County offers a four-hour Thursday morning seminar (from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm) or two two-hour Monday evening sessions (from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm). You must take either one Thursday morning seminar or two Monday evening seminars. The 2012 schedule is as follows:

Thursday morning classes (8:30am – 1:00pm): April 5, April 19, May 3, May 17, June 7, June 21, July 12, July 19, August 2, August 16, September 6, September 20, October 4,October 18, November 1, November 15, December 6, December 20

Monday evening classes (7:00pm – 9:00pm): April 9 AND April 16, May 14 AND May 21, June 11 AND June 18, July 9 AND July 16, August 13 AND August 20, September 10 AND September17, October 8 AND October 15, November 12 AND November 19, December 10 AND December 17

The cost of the seminar is currently $30.00 per person. You can find additional information and register online for these seminars at the Cobb County Divorcing Parents Seminar website.

Gwinnett County Parenting Seminar Information – 2012

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Under Georgia law, both parties in a divorce are required to attend a parenting seminar in Georgia if the parties have children under the age of 18. See Uniform Superior Court Rule 24.8. Gwinnett County (Buford, Dacula, Duluth, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Norcross, Snellville, and Suwanee) offers its Parenting Seminar at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045. The seminars are held in Conference Room A West Wing on the second floor. The 2012 schedule is as follows:

Thursday morning seminars from 9:00am – 1:00pm: April 5, April 12, April 26, May 3, May 10, May 31, June 14, June 28, July 5, July 12, July 26, August 2, August 9, August 23,September 6, September 13, September 27, October 4, October 11, October 25, November 1, November 8, November 29, December 6, December 13

Thursday evening seminars from 5:00pm – 9:00pm: April 19, May 24, June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20, October 18, November 15, December 20

The cost of the seminar is currently $30.00 per person and registration MUST be received prior to the day of the seminar, though payment can be made at the door. You can find additional information and register online for these seminars at the Gwinnett County Parenting Seminar website.