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(123rd General Assembly)(House Bill Number 537)
To amend section 3109.053 of the Revised Code to allow a court in a domestic
relations proceeding to require that children attend parenting classes or
counseling with the children's parents.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Ohio:
SECTION 1 . That section 3109.053 of the Revised Code be amended to read as
Sec. 3109.053. In any divorce, legal separation, or annulment proceeding
and in any proceeding pertaining to the allocation of parental rights and
responsibilities for the care of a child, the court may require, by rule or
otherwise, that the
parents attend classes on parenting or other related issues or obtain
counseling before the court issues an order allocating the parental rights and
responsibilities for the care of the minor children of the marriage. If a
court in any proceeding requires parents to attend classes on parenting or
other related issues or to obtain counseling, the court may require that the
parents' children attend the classes or counseling with the
parents. If the
court orders the parents to attend classes or obtain counseling, the court
shall impose the cost of the classes and counseling on, and may allocate the
costs between, the parents, except that if the court determines that both
parents are indigent, the court shall not impose the cost of the classes or
counseling on the parents.
SECTION 2 . That existing section 3109.053 of the Revised Code is hereby