Mandatory Curriculum Topics for Parent Education
Minnesota Statute 518.157 requires judges to court order parents with contested custody and parenting time issues to a court-approved parent education class like Parents Forever™. In order to be court-approved in Minnesota, the following 25 minimum standards must be addressed in the class:
- Resources in the community to obtain additional help or information.
- Overview of judicial process and proceedings (dissolution and paternity cases)
- Overview of legal issues (dissolution and paternity cases)
- Overview of the function of the court (dissolution and paternity cases)
- Alternatives for settling custody/visitation disputes (e.g., visitation expeditor, mediation)
- Legal phases of divorce/paternity proceeding
- Role of custody study
- Role of attorney
- Role of guardian ad litem
- Role of mediator/mediation
- Developmental needs/stages of children
- Impact of divorce/separation/conflict on adults
- Impact of divorce/separation/conflict on children
- Dynamics of domestic violence and sexual assault and impact on children
- Positive communication skills
- Co-parenting skills
- Conflict resolution skills
- Keeping children out of the middle of the conflict
- Cost of raising a child
- Emotional and financial responsibilities of parents
- Coping with personal stress
- Safety planning
- Child support issues (obligations/services)
- Visitation issues (planning and problems)
- Impact and realities of step families
Parents Forever™ online and in-person classes meet all 25 minimum standards.
Online Course Approved by Minnesota Supreme Court — Read the proclamation that was given by the State Court Administrator to all Minnesota court personnel related to online courses and Parents Forever™'s approval.
Which Course is for You: In-Person or Online? — Compare the in-person and online course to can make the best choice for your situation.