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Fifth Judicial District Parent Education Classes

Fifth Judicial District includes these counties: Blue Earth County, Brown County, Cottonwood County, Faribault County, Jackson County, Lincoln County, Lyon County, Martin County, Murray County, Nicollet County, Nobles County, Pipestone County, Redwood County, Rock County, and Watonwan County.

Order: Fifth District Approval of Parent Education Courses (2020)


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
    • Health Resources, Detroit Lakes, (218) 844-8822
    • Fergus Falls Community Education, Fergus Falls, (218) 998-0544
    • 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

  • Bridging Parental Conflict, offered by the Bridging Center (on Zoom), (612) 440-4252
  • 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.
  • Minnesota Parent Education and Family Stabilization Course offered by the Bay Brooke Center for Independence and Wellness, (727) 827-7890
 

Online Courses