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This course meets all the requirements for the court ordered online Parent Education minimum Standards under Minnesota Statute 518.157.
518.157 PARENT EDUCATION PROGRAM IN PROCEEDINGS INVOLVING CHILDREN
Subdivision 1.Implementation; administration
By January 1, 1998, the chief judge of each judicial district or a designee shall implement one or more parent education programs within the judicial district for the purpose of educating parents about the impact that divorce, the restructuring of families, and judicial proceedings have upon children and families; methods for preventing parenting time conflicts; and dispute resolution options. The chief judge of each judicial district or a designee may require that children attend a separate education program designed to deal with the impact of divorce upon children as part of the parent education program. Each parent education program must enable persons to have timely and reasonable access to education sessions.
Subd. 2.Minimum standards; plan
The Minnesota Supreme Court should promulgate minimum standards for the implementation and administration of a parent education program.
In a proceeding under this chapter where custody or parenting time is contested, the parents of a minor child shall attend a minimum of four hours in an orientation and education program that meets the minimum standards promulgated by the Minnesota Supreme Court. In all other proceedings involving custody, support, or parenting time the court may order the parents of a minor child to attend a parent education program. The program shall provide the court with names of persons who fail to attend the parent education program as ordered by the court. Persons who are separated or contemplating involvement in a dissolution, paternity, custody, or parenting time proceeding may attend a parent education program without a court order. Unless otherwise ordered by the court, participation in a parent education program must begin within 30 days after the first filing with the court or as soon as practicable after that time based on the reasonable availability of classes for the program for the parent. Parent education programs must offer an opportunity to participate at all phases of a pending or post decree proceeding. Upon request of a party and a showing of good cause, the court may excuse the party from attending the program. If past or present domestic abuse, as defined in chapter 518B, is alleged, the court shall not require the parties to attend the same parent education sessions and shall enter an order setting forth the manner in which the parties may safely participate in the program.
The course is designed to educate, train, and assist divorcing/separating parents in regards to the impact of divorce on parents and children as well as the Minnesota Court Process. It is completely online and will take 4 hours to complete. You can log in and out as many times as needed until you complete the course and reach the required four (4) hour minimum. A timer will be displayed on each page to track time spent in the course. The course has a timer which will track the amount of time you spend in the course. You do not have to complete the four (4) hours all at one time. You have 30 days to complete the course from the date of registration.
A Certificate of Completion will be available to download and/or print once the participant completes the minimum time set by the Minnesota Courts and receives a score of at least 70% on the end of course test. The End of Course Test will not be available until the participant has met the four (4) hour requirement. Once the timer has reached four (4) hours, the test will automatically be unlocked and accessible to the participant.
The end of the Course Test is designed to demonstrate the level of comprehension of the learning objectives by participants. The participant must obtain a score of 70% or better to earn a Certificate of Completion. If you do not obtain a score of 70% you must retake the Test until you obtain a score of 70%. The test is not timed and may be retaken at no additional cost until you receive a passing score.
The test is 25 questions Multiple Choice. The test is not timed and can be taken as many times as needed to obtain a passing score of 70% or better. For the test, please identify the choice that best completes the statement or answers the question. There is only one correct answer per question.
This course is self-paced, available 24/7 and available for 30 days from the day of registration and payment.
Our course is approved by and will meet your requirement by the Courts. PLEASE CONFIRM WITH YOUR COURT IF YOU ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE THE 4 or 8 HOUR PARENTING COURSE. THIS COURSE IS THE 4 HOUR APPROVED COURSE FOR MINNESOTA. If you are required to take the 8 hour parenting course please be sure to register for the Minnesota Eight (8) Hour Course versus the Four (4)Hour Course.
Your Official Certificate of Completion will be available to print IMMEDIATELY after you have completed the course.
The components of the parenting course are intended for educational purposes only. The presentation of this material is not intended to constitute mental health therapy, give information on specific mental health disorders nor medications to treat mental health disorders. Participants are encouraged to discuss specific mental health questions with a licensed mental health therapist of their choice.
The legal component of the parenting course shall provide general Family Law principles. The presentation of this material IS NOT INTENDED to constitute legal advice. Individual questions and concerns regarding your case should be direct to a licensed attorney for answers to specific legal questions.
The overall emphasis of this course is to offer parents the knowledge to provide their children the opportunity to grow up in a home environment free from being caught in the middle of their parents’ hostility.
- Educate parents about children’s issues in divorce.
- Educate parents regarding the impact of parental conflict on their child’s development.
- Help parents identify their contribution to conflict while increasing impulse control.
- Assist parents in shifting their role from former spouses to co-parents.
- Teach parents anger management, communication, and conflict-resolution skills.
- Demonstrate the impact that divorce, restructuring of families, and judicial proceedings have on children
- Educate parents on how to place the best interests of the children at the forefront when making decisions with the other parent.