Can the judge order counseling to save my marriage?
There are circumstances in which the judge may order both parties to attend marriage counseling classes. Most often, it is a result of one party denying that the marriage is broken or when there are minor children involved. It is not mandatory for the court to require counseling classes when the marriage meets these conditions. Many judges will not require counseling if one party is adamantly against it, for if they do not approach the classes with the right attitude, its efforts could be useless. In the case of having minor children, the judge may order counseling with the purpose of informing the parents on how to make the process less damaging to the children. In Palm Beach County practice, orders requiring parents to a counseling session are rare.