Taking a Parenting Class

What a Parenting Class Is and How it Can Boost Your Chances of Winning Custody

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Courts may require separating or divorcing parents to attend parenting classes to determine how to communicate effectively to serve the child's best interests. Generally, it is believed that co-parenting - when possible - serves the best interests of the child, so the court may encourage both parents to attend parenting classes in order to ensure a smooth transition for the child. If a court orders parents to attend a parenting classes, parents should expect the following:

Mandated Parenting Classes and Programs

Parents may be required to attend court-mandated parenting classes in the following situations:

  • Child custody proceedings
  • Visitation proceedings
  • Divorce or legal separation involving children
  • Any other parental proceedings
  • Instances of alleged or actual domestic abuse

Goals of Attending Parenting Classes or Programs

Parenting programs have the following benefits:

  • Teaches effective co-parenting styles
  • Encourages parents to work together in making the most imperative decisions regarding a child's upbringing
  • Educates parents on handling conflict resolution
  • Explains crucial decisions regarding divorce or separation
  • Educates parents on how to communicate with their children
  • Helps parents establish a parenting plan

Cost of Parenting Classes and Programs

Parents will be required to pay for parenting classes or programs. The cost of the programs varies but will generally cost less than fifty dollars for both parents.

Others may join the parenting program for assistance, too, such as grandparents.

Who Should Attend Parenting Classes

A court will order both parents to attend the classes. Although parents can't be forced to attend, if parents are interested in winning child custody, they should attend.

Method of Delivering the Parenting Classes

Classes may be delivered via the following methods:

  • Online
  • In-person

Parents should confirm with a mediator, arbitrator, judge, or attorney that the use of the parenting program will be accepted by the court.

For more information about child custody, visit the child custody guidelines of the state or speak with a qualified attorney in your jurisdiction.