(750 ILCS 5/404.1)
(from Ch. 40, par. 404.1)
(a) In an action for dissolution of marriage involving
minor children, or in a post-judgment proceeding involving minor children,
the court may on its own motion order the parties, excluding the minor
children, to attend an educational program concerning the effects of
dissolution of marriage on the children, if the court finds that it would
be in the best interests of the minor children. The program may be divided
into sessions, which in the aggregate shall not exceed 4 hours in duration.
The program shall be educational in nature and not designed for individual
(b) The facts adduced at any educational session resulting from a
referral under this Section shall not be considered in the adjudication of
a pending or subsequent action, nor shall any report resulting from such
educational session become part of the record of the case unless the
parties have stipulated in writing to the contrary.
(c) The fees or costs of educational sessions under this Section shall
be borne by the parties and may be assessed by the court as it deems equitable.
(Source: P.A. 86-288.)