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Parents and Children Together (P.A.C.T.)

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 will learn how to communicate more positively and parent more effectively. For a preview of the information presented at the PACT Program see "How Do I Help My Children Adjust to the Separation and/or Divorce?"]
 

Who Attends?

Anyone who is involved in a dissolution, separation or paternity case is welcome to attend. However, if you are in need of court orders, it is MANDATORY that you attend the class. It is not necessary for parents to attend the same sessions. Cases filed under the Domestic Violence Prevention Act are not required to attend PACT.
 

Where and When?

There are two parts to the program offered in all the district courthouses, and you MUST attend session one before session two. You do NOT have to pre-register. For the first session, please plan to arrive a half hour 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 Angeles on the first Friday of each month. This is a single four-hour session in which both parts of the PACT program are taught. Please plan to arrive at least 40 minutes before the start of the class to complete at-the-door registration.

You may call the toll-free number 1-888-889-9900 to find out the dates and times of sessions one and two in the court nearest you. Please refer to the information below.

You do not need to attend the same class sessions as the children's other parent, and if a domestic violence restraining order has been issued, you should attend different classes.
 

Why Should I Attend?

The program will help you to separate your personal conflicts from your roles as parents. The classes will help you to understand your children's needs and to develop ways of working together. It is MANDATORY that you attend before your court hearing or, in the event of the matter proceeding by default, before judgment is entered.
 

Is There a Charge for the Classes?

No.
 

How Will the Court Know That I Attended Pact?

Once you have completed both sessions, you will receive a copy of the "Verification of Completion of PACT" form. The original will be placed in your court file. However, you should bring your copy of the "Verification of Completion of PACT" form with you to all court appearances to prove to the judicial officer that you have attended in the event that the original has not reached the court file. (Paperwork errors and delays can happen, unfortunately).

Other Information:

Bring a pen and your case number to your PACT classes. Adults only. Sorry, children may not attend and there is no child care available.
 
 

When and Where Are the Classes Held?

Courthouse
Address and phone
Days/Hours of Classes
Los Angeles Courthouse 

(Offered in English and Spanish)

111 N. Hill Street 
Cafeteria
9th Floor
First Friday of each month 
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Plan to arrive at least 40 minutes early to 
register.
(This is a single session in which 
the entire content of the PACT course
is taught. You do not have to attend
a second session.)
Burbank and Glendale Courthouses No classes offered in district Please attend the classes offered 
at the Pasadena, Van Nuys or Central Los Angeles Courthouses
Compton Courthouse 200 W. Compton Blvd.
Department M
Room 1211, 12th Floor
3rd and 4th Wednesdays each month 
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Lancaster Courthouse 1040 W. Avenue J
Department D
Room 214, 2nd Floor
Fridays 
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Long Beach Courthouse 415 W. Ocean Blvd.
Cafeteria
6th Floor
Tuesdays 
3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Norwalk Courthouse 12720 Norwalk Blvd. 
Jury Assembly Room
Room 703, 7th Floor
Wednesdays 
3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 
Pasadena Courthouse 300 E. Walnut 
Department K
Room 418, 4th Floor
Mondays 
3 p.m. to 5 p.m. 
Pomona Courthouse 400 Civic Center Plaza 
Cafeteria
7th Floor
Tuesdays 
3 p.m. to 5 p.m. 
San Fernando Courthouse No classes offered in district Please attend the classes offered 
at the Van Nuys or Central Los Angeles Courthouses
Santa Monica Courthouse 1725 Main Street 
Jury Assembly Room
Room 210, 2nd Floor
Wednesdays
4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 
Torrance Courthouse 825 Maple Avenue 
Department J
Room 560, 5th Floor
Wednesdays 
3 p.m. to 5 p.m. 
Van Nuys Courthouse 6230 Sylmar Avenue 
Jury Assembly Room
Room 101, 1st Floor
Tuesdays 
4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

 

Classes in all courthouses begin promptly and those arriving late will not be admitted to the class.

IF YOU NEED MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE P.A.C.T. PROGRAM, PLEASE CALL 1-888-889-9900