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