2021 Tennessee Code
Title 36 - Domestic Relations
Chapter 6 - Child Custody and Visitation
Part 4 - Parenting Plans
§ 36-6-408. Parent Educational Seminar

Universal Citation: TN Code § 36-6-408 (2021)
  1. In an action where a permanent parenting plan is or will be entered, each parent shall attend a parent educational seminar as soon as possible after the filing of the complaint. The seminar may be divided into sessions, which in the aggregate must not be less than four (4) hours in duration, and the minor children must be excluded from attending the seminar. The seminar must be educational in nature and not designed for individual therapy. The seminar must educate parents concerning how to protect and enhance the child's emotional development and inform the parents regarding the legal process. The seminar must include:

    1. At least one (1) thirty-minute video on adverse childhood experiences created:

      1. By the department of children's services in conjunction with the Tennessee commission on children and youth; or

      2. As part of the Building Strong Brains Tennessee public awareness campaign; and

    2. A discussion of alternative dispute resolution, marriage counseling, the judicial process, and common perpetrator attitudes and conduct involving domestic violence.

  2. The fees or costs of the educational sessions under this section, which shall be reasonable, shall be borne by the parties and may be assessed by the court as it deems equitable. Such fees may be waived for indigent persons.

  3. No court shall deny the granting of a divorce from the bonds of matrimony for failure of a party or both parties to attend the educational session.

  4. The requirement of attendance by parents at the parent educational seminar may be waived upon motion by either party and the agreement of the court upon the showing of good cause.
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