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Parent Education Programs

Parent Education Required in Contested Custody or Parenting Time Cases

The Sixth District is comprised of Carlton County, Cook County, Lake County, and St. Louis County (Duluth, Hibbing, and Virginia)
 

Order: Sixth District Approval of Parent Education Courses (2021)

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.

Starting August 1, 2021, unless otherwise ordered, participation in a parent education course must begin within 30 days of the first filing in the case and prior to an Initial Case Management Conference, if one is scheduled.

Currently approved courses

In-Person

  • 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) 
    • Parenting Enrichment Classes, St. Cloud YMCA, (320) 230-3625

Live Video Conferencing

 

Online Courses