Notice: Massachusetts Mandatory Parent Education Programs Update

In order to promote awareness of, and track and enforce attendance at, mandatory Parent Education programs, the Probate and Family Court is implement new requirements, time-frames and forms. To that end, Standing Order 4-08 is repealed effective May 1, 2016, and will be replaced with Standing Order 2-16, effective May 1, 2016.

Changes reflected in Standing Order 2-16 include:

  1. new required documentation of registration to encourage prompt enrollment;
  2. clarification concerning the basis for waiving the mandatory attendance requirement, and highlighted alternative to such waiver when appropriate; and
  3. updated information concerning the delivery of parent education services via DVD or online program

You may review Standing Order 2-16 at:

The related forms are available at:


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