Attorneys from Avvo, do Judges get mad when a parent doesn't complete the parenting classes?
The judge ordered me and my ex to take a 6 week course of parenting classes April 2017. The due date was July 17, 2017. I finished my classes before the due date. I asked my ex if he did them and he said he wasn't going to do them because he didn't have time. Can this affect him if we ever go back to court?
Violation of a court order is a very quick way to get on the bad side of a judge. Not only will this work against him, but it is even possible for the judge to hold him in contempt or court for violation of a court order. There is even a possibility of jail time, depending on the mood and temperament of the presiding judge.
If you do not have a pending court date already, you would want to talk to your attorney about filing “show cause” motion against him. A show cause motion forces the offending party to appear in court and basically explain to the judge why they did not follow the court order.
The judge will be displeased but the classes will likely be done late without any serious adverse effect.
Yes, judges typically do get "mad" when the other party does not listen and comply with Court orders.
Kudos to you for completing your class. Ensure that you file the certificate of completion with the Court, so that they are aware you completed it.
If your ex is not complying with future Court orders this could have negative implications for your Ex.
If a party has done something wrong, proven drug use for example, and a court orders reduced or supervised visitation and orders the bad party to do coparenting before getting back his/her parenting time, and the person doesn't do the class, then a court normally won't allow the party to get back his/her parenting time until he/she completes the class.
Where, in cases like yours, the court ordered both parties to do the class, and you did and he didn't, it will upset the judge. But, not as much as where a party has previously did something wrong (above). And, you are getting into the past; Its been more than a year since he failed to do the class, and courts tend to ignore things that happened in the past and move on. All you can do is mention it in your pleadings before you go to court to make sure the judge knows. You have limited time in court so, after you mention it once, don't spend more time on it and get on with other important things you need to say.
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