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?"]
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
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.
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
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?
How Will the Court Know That I Attended
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).
Bring a pen and your case number to your PACT classes.
Adults only. Sorry, children may not attend and there is no child care
Where Are the Classes Held?
Address and phone
Days/Hours of Classes
Los Angeles Courthouse
(Offered in English and Spanish)
111 N. Hill Street
First Friday of each month
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Plan to arrive at least 40 minutes early to
(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
200 W. Compton Blvd.
Room 1211, 12th Floor
3rd and 4th Wednesdays each month
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.