LSPR 94.04.02. PARENTING SEMINARS (a) Applicable Cases. This rule shall apply to all cases under Chapter 26.09, 26.10, or 26.26 RCW which require a parenting plan or residential schedule for minor children, including major modifications and paternity actions in which paternity has been established. (b) Mandatory Attendance. Except as provided in Section (f) below, within thirty (30)calendar days of filing an appearance, answer or other responsive pleading in this action, both parties shall register for a court-approved parent education seminar on the effects of family transitions on children, unless the parties have previously attended such a course. Each party shall attend the seminar within sixty (60) calendar days of registering. The court will also accept any comparable class that has been approved by any other superior court. (c) Certificate of Completion. Upon completion of the seminar or prior to presentment of final documents, each party shall file with the Superior Court Clerk the seminar completion certificate provided by the sponsoring agency or provider. (d) Fees. Each party shall be responsible for paying any fees charged by the approved provider. (e) Waiver/Special Consideration. Any waiver of attendance or special consideration may be made in accordance to RCW 26.12.172 or for good cause. (f) Exchange of Parenting Plans. Within twenty-one (21) calendar days of completing the parenting seminar, each parent shall provide the other parent with a Proposed Parenting Plan, or may submit a mutually agreed proposed parenting, or a joinder. (g) Failure to Comply. Willful refusal to participate in a parenting seminar or willful delay in completing or failure to exchange/ provide a proposed parenting plan may result in a finding of contempt and imposition of sanctions. The Court may decline to enter finalization documents until both parents have completed the seminar. Amended Effective September 1, 2013
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