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Third Judicial District Parent Education Courses

The Third Judicial District includes the following counties: 
Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, and Winona.

Third District Order RE: Online Parent Education Courses (2019)


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:

  • Bridging Parental Conflict, offered by the Bridging Center, Edina, (612) 440-4252 (works best in Chrome browser)
  • 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 Conferenceing
  • Bridging Parental Conflict, offered by the Bridging Center (on Zoom), (612) 440-4252 (works best in Chrome browser)
  • 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