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First Judicial District Parent Education

Approval of Online Parent Education Courses (2019)

Parent Education Required in Contested Custody or Parenting Time Cases

Pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 518.157 enacted in 1998, parents involved in contested custody or parenting time cases, regardless of whether a marriage relationship exists.  In all other proceedings involving custody, support, or parenting time, the court has discretion to order the parents to attend a parent education program.  The courses attended by parents must meet the Parent Education Minimum Standards.


Available Courses for Carver, Dakota, Goodhue, Le Sueur, McLeod, Scott, and Sibley Counties.

In-Person:

  • Bridging Parental Conflict offered by the Bridging Center, Edina, (612) 454-9291
  • Headway Emotional Health Richfield, Golden Valley, and Inver Grove Heights, (612) 798-8181
    • “Co-Parenting Seminar” (in person) [must be paired with “Legal & Economic Aspects of Divorce (LEAD)” in person course to meet all requirements]
    • “Legal & Economic Aspects of Divorce (LEAD)” [must be paired with in person or video conference "Co-Parenting Seminar" to meet all requirements]
  • Parents Forever offered by the University of Minnesota, multiple locations.

Live Video Conferencing:

  • Headway Emotional Health, (612) 798-8181
    • "Co-Parenting Seminar" (video conference) [must be paired with “Legal & Economic Aspects of Divorce (LEAD)” in-person course to meet all requirements]
    • "Legal & Economic Aspects of Divorce (LEAD)" [must be paired with in-person or video conference "Co-Parenting Seminar" to meet all requirements]
  • Minnesota Parent Education and Family Stabilization Course offered by the Bay Brooke Center for Independence and Wellness, (727) 827-7890

Online Courses: