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What is the Parent Information Program?

Parents who are involved in the process of divorce or legal separation in Arizona are usually required to attend a parent information program that is intended to teach parents about the impact of restructuring of families on children.

This is a requirement under the Arizona law ARS§ 25-351: "Domestic Relations Education on Children's Issues," which states that each county must implement an educational program that educates families on how judicial involvement can affect children. Under this law, the Superior Court of Maricopa County has implemented the Parent Information Program (PIP).

The Maricopa County court's website has a list of all the approved PIP classes. In large cities like Phoenix, there are 12 different locations that offer PIP approved classes. However, in smaller Maricopa County cities like Queen Creek, there is only one location with the required class. Visit the court's website in order to view locations, class schedules, and registration information. There's a $50 fee for each person that attends a PIP course.

Parents also have the option of taking a PIP class online, which also costs $50 per person. The online parenting class is designed for people who live out of the county, reside in a protected domestic violence shelter, or people meet the qualifications of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Arizona residents who have questions about PIP programs in Maricopa County or online PIP courses can call (602) 506-1448 to learn more information. People can also call to learn more information about other family court services in Maricopa County.

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