When you’re in the middle of a divorce or family law matter, trying to find court-approved parenting programs in your area shouldn’t be a hassle. After all, you already have enough on your plate and these classes are meant to be helpful – not add more stress.
As mentioned in, 8 Tips to Navigate Court-Ordered Parenting Classes in Minnesota, it’s worth double checking that the parenting program you select is court-approved before taking the class. In addition, it’s important that the parenting program you select is not only approved in the state of Minnesota, but also in the specific county where your case is filed.
So, here’s 4 ways to find court-approved parenting programs in your area.
Option # 1: YOUR PARENT EDUCATION COURT-ORDER
If you’ve already received your parent education order, there may be a list of court-approved parenting programs after the court order. Some counties in Minnesota (for example, Washington County) attach a list of court-approved parenting programs directly to the parent education order. If that’s the case, you may be able to find a court-approved parenting program from the court’s list behind the order.
However, the list attached to your court order, may or may not be current. The courts are very busy. Therefore, they may not have had time to update the list. Thus, some of the court-approved parenting programs that are listed may no longer exist or be offered in your county. Thus, you may need to do additional research and inquiry to ensure that a program listed still exists and is approved in your county.
Option # 2: YOUR COUNTY’S FAMILY COURT WEBSITE
If you didn’t get a list of co-parenting classes attached to your parent education order, the county’s family court website may have that information.
We have attached the following links for the following counties:
Hennepin County Parent Education Classes (and then click on “Parent Education Programs.”)
If you do not find your county listed above, you can search for your county on the Minnesota Judicial Branch website.
Please note, that just as the lists attached to a court order may not be current, the same goes for the information on these websites. Therefore, you may need to do additional research and inquiry regarding the programs listed on the courts’ websites as well.
Option # 3: YOUR DIVORCE OR FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY
If you have a divorce or family law attorney, another option is to ask him/her directly and s/he can help you find court-approved parenting programs in your county. Furthermore, your lawyer may be able to provide additional information about the programs and the providers and can help you with any of the processes along the way. For instance, if you have a divorce or family law attorney, s/he may be able to save you money by getting the fees for these parenting classes waived for you. Don’t be afraid to bring this issue up to your attorney, if s/he hasn’t already talked to you about it.
Option # 4: THE DISTRICT COURT ADMINISTRATOR FOR YOUR COUNTY
If you’re unsure if a parenting program is court-approved in your county, want to find a court-approved parenting program in your county or just want reassurance that a parenting program that you found is court-approved in your county, you always have the option of contacting the district court administrator for your county. Keep in mind, you may not be able to reach someone immediately. Therefore, contact him/her as soon as possible to ensure that you allow yourself enough time to participate in the program and meet the deadlines outlined in your parent education order.
Lastly, although the parenting program you select needs to be court-approved in your county, there are additional factors you’ll want to consider before choosing your co-parenting program.
Therefore, Read: How to Find the Best Co-Parenting Class for You, and to make this entire process as stress-free as possible, here’s a Step-By-Step Checklist to help you complete your Parent Education Order.