What Do Parenting Education Classes Cover?

Despite your best efforts, your marriage may come to an end. If you have children, you want what is best for them. And so does the court. In fact, the court recognizes that the impact of divorce on children can be dramatic — and has the power to order divorcing parents who contest a child custody or parenting time arrangement to attend an education program.

Also, parents who are separated or contemplating divorce, paternity, custody or parenting time may attend a parent education program without a court order.

Here is some important information on parenting education courses:

  • In person courses — Under Minnesota Statute 518.157, parents of a minor child shall attend a minimum of eight hours in an orientation and education program that meets the minimum standards promulgated by the Minnesota Supreme Court. Current courses cover legal issues, creating a parenting plan, communication and co-parenting skills.
  • Online courses — The Minnesota Supreme Court has approved enrollment in online parenting education courses. These classes cover the same material that is discussed in the in-person program. Also, like the in-person course, it takes a minimum of eight hours to complete.
  • Broad range of issues — Whether you enroll in an online or in-person class, 25 minimum standards must be addressed in the class. Topics discussed include conflict resolution, child support issues, the role of an attorney, an overview of the judicial process and alternatives for settling custody/visitation disputes.

Whether your marriage is on the verge of collapsing or you are merely considering separation, you can benefit greatly from consulting a skilled lawyer. He or she can review your case and help you determine the best way to dissolve your marriage while minimizing the impact of your divorce on your children.

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