In accordance with public health guidance regarding COVID-19, the Cobb County Superior Court in-person sessions for the Divorcing Parents Seminar and Family Law Workshop are cancelled until further notice.
You may call the ADR Office at 770-528-1812 with any questions. AT THIS TIME, NO OUTSIDE ONLINE CLASSES ARE ACCEPTED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE SEMINAR FOR DIVORCING PARENTS.
During the period of social distancing, Cobb County's contracted provider of the Seminar for Divorcing Parents offers seminars via Zoom and is accepted as completion of the Superior Court requirement. They may be contacted at (770) 920-9114 or check their website: https://dearchildofdivorce.org/.
Please keep in mind that this is still a rapidly developing situation, and additional changes may still be required in the future. We will keep our website updated with any new information.
We appreciate your cooperation and do apologize for any inconvenience.
Divorcing Parents Seminar
The Divorcing Parents Seminar provides parents with information on topics, including the divorce process and how it impacts children, developmental stages of children, communication skills, identifying when a child may need help, and realistic expectations about step-families.
Registration is required to attend. Late arrivals are not admitted for any reason. No walk-ins admitted.
Because of the extremely emotional nature of divorce and its impact on children, the Cobb County Superior Court Judges enacted a local rule of court-mandating parents involved in any custody matter that have children under the age of 18 to attend a four-hour educational seminar. This class is currently provided by Children of Divorce, Inc. The purpose of the seminar is to provide parents with information on topics, including the divorce process and how it impacts children, developmental stages of children, communication skills, identifying when a child may need help, and realistic expectations about step-families.
Evaluations of this seminar have consistently shown that at least 94% of past participants felt that the course was helpful to them during the divorce process.
The course is conducted by qualified professionals who can help the parents identify and respond to the best interest of their children. The class is offered on the dates and times listed below.
Registration and Fees
The cost to attend is $50.00 per person. With our online registration system, you may register online and pay with a credit or debit card. This form of payment does incur a processing fee from our vendor. If you are unable or wish not to pay online, you may contact the ADR Office at (770) 528-1812 to be registered for an available date. Payment may be made by cash, check, or money order at the time of the Seminar for those that register in this way. No credit cards are accepted at the time of class. Seating is very limited.
Once a class is full, no more seats are available. You will need to choose another date or you may attend an in-person course in one of our neighboring counties listed below.
Please bring your registration confirmation with you to the class. All participants will need to check in at least 15 minutes early to ensure you receive credit for your attendance.
Please do not bring children to the workshop. They will not be allowed into the classroom, and child care is not provided.
Locations for Classes
Cobb ADR Programs Room
10 E. Park Square, Bldg. C, 3rd floor
Marietta, GA 30090
Cobb Co. Probate Court
Bldg. D, 1st floor – Courtroom “S”
32 Waddell St.
Marietta, GA 30090
If spaces are available, parking is provided in the jury parking lot on the north end of Waddell St.
Forms of payment accepted the day of class include: Cash, Check, Money Order. Credit cards are only accepted online.
2020 Morning Class Schedule
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2020 Evening Class Schedule
If the listed schedule is not convenient, Cobb County Superior Court will accept the Seminar for Divorcing Parents classes offered in person from the following court systems:
- Fulton County (Cobb County does not accept the online version of Fulton County's class.)
- Gwinnett County
- DeKalb County
- Ninth Judicial Circuit
- Seventh Judicial Circuit
- Clayton County
- D.E.A.R. Child of Divorce (Paulding, Carroll, Douglas Counties)
If you wish to take a seminar outside of the Metro-Atlanta area or from a private organization, you must obtain approval from the Cobb Superior Court ADR Office prior to taking the class. Cobb County Superior Court does not accept any online classes.
Family Law Workshop
The Family Workshop is a joint venture of the Superior Court of Cobb County and the Cobb County Bar Association, designed to assist self-represented litigants understand the proper procedures of the court, and also gain a better understanding of the legal process.
Until further notice, there will be no in-person classes for the Family Law Workshop. The class is still a requirement for self-represented litigants and will need to be accessed through the following YouTube link: https://youtu.be/1xqg0lN3W2Y. Once your video confirmation has been received, a certificate of attendance will be filed under your case filing.
**Please be aware that it may take up five (5) business days for the certificate to be filed with the clerk's office.**
If you have not filed yet or you are out of county, your attendance will be noted. Once you file your case in Cobb County, please contact the ADR office at 770-528-1537.
Some individuals do not have the desire or ability to hire a lawyer to represent them in a traditional fashion, but they may need legal help with a particular issue or portion of their case. The Cobb County Bar Association’s Family Law and Younger Lawyers Sections have worked together to provide a number of attorneys who will offer specific, limited legal services at set rates. Information on this type of legal assistance will be provided to workshop participants.
For further information, please call the ADR office at (770) 528-1812.
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Cobb County Probate Court
Building D, 1st Floor - Courtroom “S”
30 Waddell Street
Marietta, GA 30090
This workshop will assist you with the following case types:
Navigating through the legal system can be extremely difficult. Each case is individualized by its own set of facts; however, there are some basic rules that all cases must follow which this workshop will address.
No workshop can teach you everything you need to know about representing yourself in any legal action, but this workshop is designed to answer some of the basic questions you may have:
- What information do I need in order to file?
- Are there mandatory forms that I need?
- How do I schedule my case for a hearing?
- What are the operating procedures of the Court?
Forms for these case types will be available for purchase at the seminar. The cost for the forms are $15.00 per packet. Cash only - exact change required.
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From the Court to the Classroom
From the Court to the Classroom is an interactive program provided by the Cobb County Superior Court that is designed to educate our youth on the court system and its functionality.
This is a unique program designed to offer a supplemental educational benefit to any study of civil government and the judiciary. But most notably, it is an opportunity that is offered free of charge for Cobb County students. Not only do students get to experience a hands-on approach to learning, they are able to experience our judicial system in a memorable way that goes beyond the four walls of a classroom.
We offer two types of experiences, and no matter which experience you choose for your students, we guarantee it will be a memorable and enlightening one. One that will enhance their knowledge of their current studies, and offer them an insight into our government and judicial system that cannot be found in any textbook.
You Be The Judge
You Be The Judge is a free three-hour interactive and hands-on learning experience for students and teachers alike. This experience is designed to introduce students to our legal system, while also helping them to develop useful knowledge about the law, questioning techniques, critical thinking, and oral advocacy skills.
Preparing For Your Visit
Court 2 You
Court2You is a free program offered by the Cobb County Superior Court to educate groups of interest on the court system and its functionality. This interactive program offers students insight on the day to day operations of the civil government and the judiciary.
Preparing For Your Visit
The Cobb County Judicial Interpreters Program administered by Superior Court administration provides interpreters to protect the rights of limited English proficiency individuals under the Title VI Civil Rights Act of 1964 and deaf or hard of hearing individuals under the Americans with Disabilities Act and state law (O.C.G.A. §24-6-650 to 658). While Spanish is the most requested language, we do get requests for dialects such as Amharic.
In any case, it is our procedure to diligently attempt to secure a certified interpreter first. If one is not available, we try for a registered or conditionally approved interpreter. If that effort fails, the judge will follow the Supreme Court of Georgia Commission on Interpreters guidelines to qualify the interpreter from the bench.
With Atlanta’s increasingly diverse population, the need for interpreters has grown dramatically. When the program started in 1990 there were 36 requests for interpreters. By 2017, the requests had increased to 4,256 for the year.
The Cobb County Judicial Interpreters Program maintains a list of interpreters’ that must be certified or registered with the Georgia Commission on Interpreters. For information on how to become a certified or registered court interpreter visit coi.georgiacourts.gov.
For additional information, please email us at [email protected]
Special Master Program
Special Masters are attorneys who are responsible for administering the condemnation laws of Georgia. The special master sits as a judge over a land condemnation case. A Superior Court judge then approves his or her decision.
Pursuant to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, in order to qualify to be a special master an attorney must be a competent attorney at law, be of good standing in the profession, and have at least three years of experience in the practice of law.
When requests come in for special masters the party is given several names and phone numbers in sequence from our list. The party has the option of declining an attorney if there appears to be a conflict of interest. Once a special master has agreed to serve, the case information is sent to us for statistical tracking.
If you would like to participate in the Special Master Program or to request a Special Master, please contact Jamie Barnes at (770) 528-1811.