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Parenting Education Classes

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.

Course Availability:

“Parents Forever” Online Parent Education Course sponsored by the University of Minnesota.

Children In Between Online” Divorce education sponsored by the Center for Divorce Education and approved by State Court Administration as meeting Parent Education Minimum Standards promulgated by the Minnesota Supreme Court. 

Two additional online parent education courses have been reviewed by State Court Administration staff and have been determined to meet the attached Parent Education Minimum Standards promulgated by the Minnesota Supreme Court: