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Parenting Education Classes

Eighth District Parent Education Required in Contested Custody or Parenting Time Cases:

Pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 518.157 enacted in 1998, parents involved in contested custody or parenting time cases, regardless of whether a marriage relationship exists, must complete a minimum of eight hours of parent education.  In all other proceedings involving custody, support, or parenting time, the court has discretion to order the parents to attend a parent education program.  The courses attended by parents must meet the Parent Education Minimum Standards.

Currently approved courses:

In-Person

  • Headway Emotional Health, Richfield, Golden Valley, and Inver Grove Heights, (612) 798-8181
    • Co-Parenting Seminar - must be paired with Legal & Economic Aspects of Divorce (LEAD) course to meet all requirements.
    • Legal & Economic Aspects of Divorce (LEAD) - must be paired with in person or video conference co-parenting course to meet all requirements.
  • Parents Forever In-Person Courses offered by
    • Parenting Resource Center, Austin, (507) 437-8330 (no child care available)
    • True Foundation Counseling Services, Brooklyn Park, (763) 657-1551.
    • Fergus Falls Community Education, Fergus Falls, (218) 998-0544.
    • Health Resources, Detroit Lakes, (218) 844-8822
    • Friends Against Abuse, International Falls, (218) 285-7220 (no child care available)
    • Roseau County Northwest Mediation Services, Roseau, (218) 425-3106.
    • Ann Mozey, Stillwater, (651) 644-1000 (no child care available)
 

Live Video Conferencing:

  • Headway Emotional Health, (612) 798-8181
    • Video Conference Co-Parenting Seminar - must be paired with Legal & Economic Aspects of Divorce (LEAD) course to meet all requirements.
    • Legal & Economic Aspects of Divorce (LEAD) - must be paired with in person or video conference co-parenting course to meet all requirements.
 

Online Courses: